Retired NFL Player to Speak about Lung Cancer Awareness

Posted on: November 16th, 2017
November 17, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Commission Chambers
201 W Water St
Piqua, OH 45356

In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness month and former Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Meckstroth, the City of Piqua would like to welcome the community to come meet and hear retired NFL player (Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins) and NFL Ambassador/spokesperson for lung cancer, Chris Draft, speak on Friday, November 17, 2017. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the City of Piqua Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Government Complex at 201 W. Water St. Piqua, OH 45356.

Jeff Meckstroth was the Assistant Fire Chief for the Piqua Fire Department from June 6, 1999 to his retirement on September 9, 2008. In November of 2015 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer. After genetic tissue testing it was determined his cancer had a specific ALK mutation which qualified him for targeted therapies. In the position of having lung cancer being ALK positive is very favorable because these therapies significantly improve quality of life.

As part of the G.I.V.E. Initiative (Generosity, Involvement and Volunteerism by Employees) the City of Piqua has teamed with current City of Piqua employee, wife and caregiver Rhonda Meckstroth to help spread awareness of her advocacy group ALK Positive who is partnered with the national LUNGevity ALK Research Fund. Throughout November, the City of Piqua employees will be sporting white ribbons with Jeff’s name on them. The City employees will come together on Giving Tuesday, November 28, to individually donate towards the LUNGevity ALK Research Fund.

For more information regarding donations and awareness please contact Rhonda Meckstroth at 937-214-4143 or


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