Lung Cancer Alliance

Rating: 4.85 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 1700 K Street NW Suite 660 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: Saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer.
Results: Over the past year, more than 12,000 personal telephone calls and email requests were managed by our professional and caring staff, delivering customized support packets to improve outcomes. We also expanded a network of 1,500 medical facility contacts nationwide who share our educational support materials to the newly diagnosed and their loved ones so that they know they are not alone and we are here to help. We launched efforts to educate the millions at high risk about their life-saving options, encouraging conversations with their doctors about early detection. To date, more than 300 medical facilities have joined our coalition to make sure that screening is done right and well at centers of excellence across the U.S. We have trained thousands of advocates to educate elected and public health officials about the disease, securing almost $90 million to date in public health dollars for research and early detection. Because we do not accept public funding, and these dollars fund research directly, we are able to leverage your support at least 10-fold. We also launched the first nationwide awareness campaign addressing the stigma of lung cancer head-on. With more than 300 million impressions to date, the campaign continues to grow over social media channels. Learn more at: www.NoOneDeservesToDie.org. These combined efforts will help meet our vision of reducing lives lost to lung cancer by half by 2020. With your continued help and support, we will achieve this realistic and attainable goal.
Target demographics: The milions living with or at risk for lung cancer
Direct beneficiaries per year: At least 12,000
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Community& Support Services Program: Providing free, one-on-one support, information, and referrals to patients, at risk individuals and their loved ones through telephone and online support services, delivering customized education packets to make informed decisions and improve outcomes. Education Program: Conducting national awareness campaigns, including No One Deserves to Die, National Shine A Light on Lung Cancer Vigil, Team Lung Love and Give A Scan to educate the public about the facts, dispel myths, and share calls to action to eliminate stigma, increase research funding and save lives. Health Policy Program: Advocating for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research and early detection through a nationwide grassroots network of volunteer chapters, advocates and targeted policy strategies.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My mom survived lung cancer. She is now healthy and happy. She still has a picture of all of us walking for her, with her, a few years ago at a Lung Cancer Alliance walk in San Diego. The walk brought hope to our family and we are forever grateful.

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We are so glad to hear your mother is doing well! Please know that we are always here for you and your family. Hope to see you at a Shine a Light in November (http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/shine-a-light-on-lung-cancer.html)!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This non-profit was unknown to me until my father was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 years ago. In my mind it seemed as if my dad was diagnosed and gone before I even had a chance to comprehend what was happening. My father was diagnosed in the summer of 2010 and left us on October 2, 2010. Through the shine-a-light vigil held in Syracuse NY that November, my siblings and I were embraced and held while we mourned. Through donation and fund raising I feel that I am helping to push forward the importance of government funding and increasing the publics knowledge about this horrific disease. I will continue to fight on behalf of patients, survivors, loved ones and those that champion the lung cancer cause.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My wife, Sheila, passed away in September 2009 and the Lung Cancer Alliance was instrumental in providing an outlet for me to channel my need to "do something." So I turned my attention to raising money to assist in their mission - awareness building, and legislative advocacy. The level of care for lung cancer patients needs to be on parity with the other cancers (breast, prostate, colon) that get far more funding, even though their death rates are far less than lung cancer patients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sheila was an avid tennis player and I promised her that I would put on a tennis tournament in her name, with the proceeds going to the LCA. So the LCA helped me with getting that event successfully up and running.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Less reliance on the few survivors who may or may not be in a position to help, or advocates who come and go.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

In the past two years I lost both my Mother and one of my best friends to lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance has been there for me throughout these two painful journeys. Their wealth of information kept me up to date on new treatments available, many of which helped both my Mom and my good friend through their battles. In addition they helped me become an advocate for this under funded, ignored cancer. I learned how to write to officials and when my voice needed to be heard. At the end of both my Mother's and my friend's lives when I was most helpless, I was able to write letters and feel I was doing something that will potentially help someone else even though my Mom and friend lost their battles. Without lung cancer alliance we wouldn't have the funding we now do for the number one cancer killer. THey have also given me the information that I need to educate the public about this disease. Whenever someone gives me sympathy about my losses I can recited the facts and figures of the disease and hopefully educate another ignorant member of the public. I couldn't do this without lung cancer alliance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increased awareness about lung cancer and increased funding for the disease. The organization gave me information to help my Mother and friend throughout their battle and gave me tools to wage my own battle against the disease.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their compassion and ability to give me strength and tools to deal with my losses. When I felt my most helpless they were there with information and something constructive I could do. They are positive, responsive and get things done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compasionate, bright and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make increased strides to help lung cancer research. With most cancers a patient can be given hope and know that there is current research...lung cancer victims don't have this. It is the most underfunded of all cancers yet the leading killer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The people are AMAZING at this organization. They put their heart and soul into everything they do! In memory of my fater, every year we run a fundraiser and donate all earnings to Lung Cancer Alliance. They help those living with the disease and support those who have lost a loved one to the battle. We gained a lot of information on the disease through LCA!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fighting to make progress for treatments and a cure for this terrible disease.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people who work there! I feel like part of the LCA family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING!!! Especially Kay CoFrancesco!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of this horrible disease! It would help so many people who are suffering or who sadly will be.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is a great group. My son had lung cancer and they were a big help to him and our family. We will always support this group!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fight against the stigma of lung cancer. We asa people must raise more support monies for lung cancer research!!!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My father passed away in 2005 and LCA was one of the first people we went to for help with doing something for the cause. They not only pointed us in the right direction but I can truly call their staff a family friend. They have touched my family and I forever and I will be forever grateful for their help, research ,tools and knowledge of this disease. Thank you LCA and keep up the good work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ways of helping others. They have a very knowledgeable staff, which some are lung cancer survivors themselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the warm and friendliness of each one of them. Also the money that they receive goes not only to fund their campaigns but for research and for helping other families as well, that is a rare thing to find.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing and I will remember them always.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world as we know it about lung cancer and the "idea" that people think of it.

Ways to make it better...

I could of actually been a part of their group but my own life experiences prevented me of such.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the politicians and going to D.C. and be heard.

One thing I'd also say is that...

LCA is a wonderful organization. I commend the founder and can only hope that all of their hard work and volunteers know that they are making a difference on a daily basis, thank you LCA!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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