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BY Kelly Calagna

Alexa DiVenere was 17 years old when doctors removed her right lung and pericardium, the protective membrane surrounding her heart.

In high school, Alexa played soccer and the flute, and was a drum major in the band. But during her junior year, those activities began leaving her short of breath with pressure in her chest.

A visit to the doctor revealed devastating news. Alexa had stage IV lung cancer.

“It was such...

Lung cancer survivor and nurse Alexa DiVenere

BY Kelly Calagna

“You are not alone.” These are just a few of the kind words that Donya’ Easterly came home to find posted on her front door recently....