I am a 14 year lung cancer survivor and proud board member of Lung Cancer Alliance. When I was first diagnosed in 2004, Lung Cancer Alliance was my first phone call after a "google" search. From that first connection, till now, Lung Cancer Alliance has provided service, support and encouragement to me and thousands of other people touched by this terrible disease.
I have been involved with Lung Cancer Alliance for five years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 44. I can not imagine my health journey without this nonprofit organization. The resources, employees and links have been instrumental in my care, support, awareness and advocacy. Lung Cancer Alliance is single handedly leading the fight for lung cancer patients and families to the media, government, research and medical community.
I discovered LCA when someone who was like a Mother to me was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance was there to provide information and support. Though Merrillyn Stevens lost her battle with the disease only 10 months after her diagnosis, Lung Cancer Alliance carries on the fight for all. I have personally met and spoken with several members of their staff, and many of their advocates. This is a top-notch organization completely dedicated to reversing decades of stigma and supporting those currently struggling with lung cancer. I respect members of the staff so much for what they've accomplished in such a short amount of time with the limited resources they have. They are so knowledgeable and professional, and sooooo caring. With LCA on our side, I know that someday we will win the fight against this deadly disease.
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Words cannot describe how i feel about the LCA! I felt impowered the minute i met all who work for the LCA! Being an advocate, here in California, has not only been rewarding but has been making a difference.
My girlfriend Sheila died from lung cancer. We were friends for over 45 yrs! Watching her go through this devastating cancer was ,need i say, most difficult. I was blessed to go to CAPITOL HILL and help with the legislation process to get lung cancer noticed, to give information and tell our stories. I am mad as hell that we are he most underfunded,ignored and stigmatized cancer! Along with the LCA and here in SAN DIEGO with
BREATH OF HOPE, we all, the volunteers AND the survivors will fight to be on the same playing field. For us to have the goal of conquering this cancer, to rid this cancer from our human experience! LCA is amazing! They are strong and I am proud to belong to this loving,caring, group of people! Watch out!
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When my husband received the shocking diagnosis of lung cancer (he didn't have any easily identifiable risk factors at the time), we turned to the well-know cancer/lung organizations to volunteer for Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Their response? Nothing, really. They only focus on smoking (my husband was a lifelong adamant non-smoker). The one organization which did respond immediately - Lung Cancer Alliance. LCA not only helped us organize a rally in a matter of days, but they continued to provide direction, training and support to further our advocacy withiin the state. Eventually I became volunteer C-Chair for LCA-CA. In all my experiences with LCA, I have seen their determined persistence and unrelenting efforts in the face of overwhelming stigma and apathy toward the disease. They produce an immense amount of work with an unprecedented low number of paid staff. This was made abundently clear to me when I would note the times on their return calls/emails during the late night or very early mornings. I have seen an immense change in the level of public discussion and a new interest in the disease (rather than simply the issue of smoking) on the part of established organizations over the six years since my husband's diagnosis. This is due directly to the efforts of Lung Cancer Alliance. I whole heartedly recommend this organization. With a significant increase in resources and support, we CAN achieve the LCA goal of NO MORE LUNG CANCER!
I have been a lung cancer survivor for over 11 years. I became active with LCA shortly after my recovery and have remained an active advocate for this organization. During my journey with lung cancer I could find little information on lung cancer, treatment options, and support groups. I joined LCA because it was the only organization that was dedicated to supporting, education, and advocating for lung cancer patients and those at risk for the disease. This organization gave me the skills to advocate and lobby for lung cance patients here in Maine. Through their support I have been successful in getting a bill that I wrote passed to help raise awareness. I have also been very successful in meeting with our Govenor in declaring Lung Cancer Awareness Month. I have been successufl in holding public forums with the Governor and the legislative body. This is the only organization that has been active on a National level to change health care policy through legislative action. They see the challenges that need to be overcome and meet them head on. it is through their support and education that has helped me effect change in the State of maine
There are some fantastic lung cancer advocacy groups out there but this is the only one devoted to changing national policy and re-directing our tax dollars towards lung cancer research. Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer (and twice as many women as breast cancer) but is the least funded of all of the major cancers. The Lung Cancer Alliance doesn't discriminate based on type of lung cancer, smoking history or anything else. They help people with lung cancer, period. They also have an excellent patient support program which includes a peer matching system and a fantastic online support group at www.inspire.com. I can't think of enough good things to say about this amazing organization.
Lung Cancer Alliance offers top notch and comprehensive patient support programs as well as works tirelessly for all of us affected by the disease by fighting to secure the funding from the federal government necessary to make an impact on its devastation. This is particuarly critical since so many other types of cancer are more highly prioritized by the public even though lung cancer is more deadly than any other.
I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in Oct, 2006. As devastating as that news was, our family began researching all we could immediately. We became connected with the Relay For Life project through the American Cancer Society. This year, I was challenged to "Fight Back" at the Relay. I chose to learn as much as I could about the myths and stigma of lung cancer. Since I have never smoked, it was shocking that I experienced much of this prejudice during my diagnosis and treatment. Nurses, doctors and other health care professionals assumed I smoked. In doing all the research, I came across the Lung Cancer Alliance. They welcomed me and embraced me. They sent me an incredible amount of material, including a t shirt which read, "I never smoked and I have lung cancer", which I wore proudly at the Relay event in May. The information and educational material that they share is phenomenal. My experience with the organization has been rewarding and enlightening. I am so pleased that I found them and only hope I can give back.
I am a lucky 6 year lung cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at stage 3A. I had surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. As a result of the radiation, two of my coronary arteries became weakened and would not allow the plaque to come through. I had dual by-pass surgery 9 months ago as a consequence. I lost my father, uncle and two friends to lung cancer. We were all never smokers. I also lost two friends who had given up smoking decades ago. When I saw a newsletter in my surgeon's office published by the Lung Cancer Alliance, I knew I had to become its advocate to help erase the stigma, elevate awareness, and change public health policy. I am now working with the Lung Cancer Alliance as a "full time" volunteer to accomplish our goals. I feel very committed and am thankful to the Lung Cancer Alliance for the support, guidance and energy that has been provided to help realize our efforts.
In 1971 my father died from lung cancer. In 2007 my husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and passed away in December 2007. I was shocked to realize that in 36 years nothing had changed in the course of treatment and, more importantly, the diagnosis. After losing the 2 most important men in my life to this horrible cancer, I found out about the Lung Cancer Alliance and became an advocate because people need to be educated about lung cancer and the fact that money is needed for research. This cancer KILLS MORE AMERICANS THAN ALL OTHER CANCERS COMBINED every year and A CURE MUST BE FOUND. The support and encouragement of this group is phenomenal and the word is getting out there as a result of LCA. Doctors who refuse to do CT scans or MRI's when asked by a patient's family must be censored and removed from practice. LCA is a professional organization and working extremely hard to get the word out. They are doing an awesome job.