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08
May
May 08, 2018

Shantel VanSanten has turned a personal tragedy into a catalyst for helping others.

In 2013, the Shooter actress’s grandmother, Doris Dooymea, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Seven months later, on March 27, 2014, Dooymea, a non-smoker, passed away at age 79.

“It left my family and I in a lot of confusion, and to our ignorance, we did not know that lung cancer was the number one cancer killer and that it could happen to anyone. We made the grave assumption that it could only happen to people who smoked,” VanSanten, who has since joined the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, an initiative dedicated to defeating lung cancer, tells PEOPLE.

As part of LUNG FORCE’s National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12) and LUNG FORCE’s partnership with CVS Health, where from May 6-26, you can visit a CVS pharmacy to donate $1, $3 or more to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education (for more info, visit Lung.org/CVS) – VanSanten is sharing her story and what she has learned in hopes of educating others.

VanSanten and her grandmother, both from Minnesota, were extremely close. When Dooymea, who had been a breast cancer survivor, started experiencing respiratory issues, and was ultimately diagnosed with lung cancer, VanSanten was her caretaker.

You can read the entire article over at PEOPLE.com!

10
August
August 10, 2016

Shantel shared her big announcement about doing Lung Force Walk in Los Angeles on November 20, 2016. She shared all the details in an Instagram video, and you can join and donate by visiting action.lung.org/goto/TeamDD!

This very day 3 years ago… My phone rang and I saw it was my Granny. We had just celebrated her 79th birthday that weekend and I figured she was calling to chat about it! I knew from how she said my name when I picked up something was wrong. Everything went silent as she told me her bronchitis was misdiagnosed and she had lung cancer. I remember feeling angry and confused and asking her "How?? You have never smoked? They have it wrong!" The reality facing her wasn't wrong. She had a grave diagnosis but she chose to fight. She underwent surgery and treatments for a few months to no avail. With every ounce of will and strength I saw her battle but sadly she lost her fight. Many of you saw as I documented her journey. She kept telling me how she wanted to inform others and inspire them! So in her honor I carry on her wish! I see her absence as an opportunity. The opportunity to speak and share, to unite with others, to help raise awareness, to meet others fighting, to walk with those who know loss, and to make a change in her honor! So inspired by Doris' determined spirit. I set a goal of $10,000 for my walk in LA. I am donating proceeds from my birthday to kick us off! BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!! I need you to participate in any way you can… Spread awareness, share the facts, volunteer, walk with me, join my Team DD, and please donate! LINK IN MY BIO!! I would be honored to see you beside me on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles!!

A video posted by Shantel VanSanten (@therealshantel) on