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NFL Star Wife Died From LUNG Cancer Though She Never Smoked/NFL Star Loses His Wife to Cancer One Month After Marriage [WATCH WEDDING VIDEO]

Lakeasha Monique Rutledge Draft "courageously faced lung cancer, showing us all with every breath that we all need to hold onto life and love with both hands for as long as we can" her husband and former NFL star Chris Draft wrote on his foundation's website last week, honoring his wife who died from lung cancer on December 27, just one month after the couple wed.

The 38-year-old, who was diagnosed with the terminal disease last year, never smoked according to the Daily Mail, joining some 16,000 to 24,000 Americans who die of lung cancer every year even though they have never smoked.

While second-hand smoke is listed as one of the main causes of lung cancer among non-smokers, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the leading cause of lung cancer in the non-smoking group is exposure to radon gas, accounting for about 20,000 deaths each year.

According to the American Cancer Society:
Radon occurs naturally outdoors in harmless amounts, but sometimes becomes concentrated in homes built on soil with natural uranium deposits. Studies have found that the risk of lung cancer is higher in those who have lived for many years in a radon-contaminated house.
While it's long been known that both indoor and outdoor air pollution contribute to lung cancer, a recent study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine measured the fine particulate matter that contributes to lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers. Using data from a large American Cancer Society database, the researchers concluded that even tiny amounts of increased carcinogens in air pollution significantly increased the risk. The researchers also noted that in China, where many homes have coal-burning cooking stoves and poor ventilation, lung cancer rates are especially high among nonsmoking women.

With nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. estimated to have high radon levels, the EPA recommends regular testing for the odorless, colorless gas below the third floor of your home.

In addition to environmental factors, a report by Everyday Health in October pointed to ethnicity as a risk factor as well, citing a study which showed that non-smoking African-Americans and Asians who live in Japan and Korea -- but not the United States -- died more frequently from lung cancer than those of European descent.

Non-smoking women also seem to be more vulnerable than non-smoking men. "About two-thirds of the patients with lung cancer who have never smoked are women, usually young women," Joan Schiller, MD, chief of the division of hematology-oncology and deputy director of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, president and founder of the National Lung Cancer Partnership, and national spokesperson for the American Lung Association, told Everyday Health.

As with most cancers, early detection and healthy diet are key, with some evidence suggesting that a diet high in carotenoid-rich foods may help protect against lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers.

___________________________________________________________________After being married to his wife Keasha Ruteleage-Draft for one month former NFL star, Chris Draft was stricken with the news that his wife succumbed to her battle with cancer. Chris who is an 11 year NFL veteran married Keisha Rutelage in a reception on November 27th, she passed on December 27th.

During their wedding Keasha wheeled her way down the aisle in a wheel chair, taking the last few steps to say her “I do’s” and salute her husband. Friends are asking that we send prayers to the family. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Draft.

Clutch Magazine

Keasha & Chris Draft Wedding Trailer from KRJ PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

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Comment by katoya on January 8, 2012 at 10:08pm
My condolences to both you and your family,she was happy until the every end .Dont forget that.
Comment by MAW on January 8, 2012 at 9:49pm

Chris, My condolences to u and both families but as a widow myself GOD makes no mistakes when our loved ones become angels to protect us. I believe this because my husband has come to me in my dreams and spoke to me.Amen

Comment by muriel davis on January 5, 2012 at 6:58am

My sincerest condolences to the Draft family!!!  May She Rest In Peace!!!!  

Comment by Julien Anglade on January 4, 2012 at 10:30pm

I have been viewing this website for about 2 years now and this is my first and probably only post... I am one of those guys accused of not being in touch with his emotions, but this video and story brought tears to my eyes! This is an amazing couple! This is truly a love that will never die!

Comment by Dainty357 on January 4, 2012 at 10:27pm


Comment by Claudine on January 4, 2012 at 10:26pm

What a shame!  The "Devil"  is always busy destroying happy lives.

Comment by BIG F* on January 4, 2012 at 7:35pm

R.I.P Keasha and Chris stay strong and keep her close to your heart cause she is waiting for you on the other side. I have to say that I respect Chris to the fullest because he gave her the best time of her life since the doctor gave her the bad news that she had cancer.

Comment by keisha on January 4, 2012 at 2:49pm
Wow I'm bawling this is so sad
Comment by Cee Gee on January 4, 2012 at 1:55pm

Why didn't anyone tell me this was going to make me cry? 

Comment by Mike k on January 4, 2012 at 1:34pm

Here I am a grown ass man bawlin my eyes out. This is just rare & honourable. This is tragic & inspirational all at the same time. This brother has my full respect along with a little envy because I have never experienced romantic love like that before. Gods speed my brother.

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