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Lung Cancer Alliance
April 7, 2013

I am a 10 year lung cancer survivor. Only 15% of us survive 5 years or more. When my best friend fell off her patio and was x-rayed at the emergency room, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Six months later I had an occasional cough after having had a bad cold. After much nagging from my husband to go to the doctor (I accused him of overreacting because of my friend), I want to the doctor. I was diagnosed with Stage 3A lung cancer. We were both never smokers.


I was lucky. I was able to have surgery (the gold standard of care), my friend was not. She died 2 years after her diagnosis after the cancer had spread to her brain and lumbar.

When people learn I am a lung cancer survivor, they ask if I smoked. That question implies that a person who smokes deserves to die. No one deserves to die. The Lung Cancer Alliance actively works to erase the stigma of lung cancer, provide patient support services, and advocate for public health dollars for research.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is a major force in advocating for the Recalcitrant Cancer Act which charges NCI to develop a coordinated, comprehensive plan to provide research for cancers which have a low survival rate and specifically targets lung cancer.

I am a volunteer with the Lung Cancer Alliance to advocate for its goals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Lung Cancer Alliance
October 26, 2012

The Lung Cancer Alliance has motivated me to help create public awareness about lung cancer. There is a lot of stigma associated with the disease. LCA has given me the tools to help reverse it. I have gained the confidence to appear on radio and television and write letters to the editor. Little by little, I think I am making a difference.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer