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Lung Cancer Alliance
February 28, 2011

I feel so fortunate to have found Lung Cancer Alliance. My Dad passed away after an 18-month battle with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer on May 29, 2009 at the age of 66. After witnessing my Dad's brave battle with this horrible disease and his devastating physical deterioration, I felt compelled to do something to continue his fight and make sure others didn't have to suffer as he did. In googling lung cancer organizations 5 months after my Dad passed away, I found that there weren't many organizations related to lung cancer. Around November 2009, I found Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national non-profit providing information, support, and advocacy for people living with lung cancer or at risk for the disease. I wish that I had known about Lung Cancer Alliance when my Dad was undergoing treatment. What an invaluable resource this would have been! When I found them in November 2009, I was told they were forming Team Lung Love for their inaugural run in Providence in May 2010. I'd never run a half-marathon before and like the Nike slogan, "Just do it"--I did. At that moment, I started a partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance that I know will continue throughout my life. Team Lung Love was one of the best experiences of my life in which I raised money and awareness for lung cancer. Team Lung Love has made me feel that anything is possible with hard work and a great team behind you. But that run was just the beginning. I could never have guessed all of the places that decision to run as part of Team Lung Love would bring me. I I continued to run as part of Team Lung Love. I was asked to be NYC Team Captain for Team Lung Philly and happily accepted, helping recruit members for the team. I also decided to organize a Shine A Light On Lung Cancer Vigil here in NYC as part of their annual Shine A Light program during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
I also started speaking at local political and civic groups about lung cancer to educate people on the staggering facts about this underfunded disease that is the # 1 cancer killer in this country. Lung Cancer Alliance gave me the opportunity to make a difference. Through Lung Cancer Alliance, I found my voice as an advocate. Recently at the invitation of Lung Cancer Alliance, I had the opportunity to tell my Dad's story and advocate alongside fellow advocates on behalf of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act on Capitol Hill as part of their Capitol Forum. My work with their continued support continues at home to gain the support of my Congressman on this legislation.
Lung Cancer Alliance is an amazing organization that helps bring together people of varying backgrounds who share their connection to lung cancer whether through the loss of a friend or loved one or the fact that they are a survivor themselves. I have met an amazing group of people through this organization--people I am proud to call friends. I know everyone at Lung Cancer Alliance personally. They are friends on a mission working tirelessly to end the stigma associated with lung cancer. And so my journey with Lung Cancer Alliance continues. Next stop--running my next half-marathon as part of Team Lung Love Providence.

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

Advocating on Capitol Hill with them on behalf of The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act and seeing the momentum they have built and how they are fighting to reverse decades of stigma and neglect.

Ways to make it better...

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

There are no changes I would make at this time. They are the only organization out there doing what they are doing.

More feedback

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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I wonderful group of people who had similar experiences. This group enabled us to bong and become friends and support each other.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience made me feel empowered--as if I were making a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I ran as part of their Team Lung Love events to raise money and awareness for lung cancer--first as part of Team Lung Love Providence and then as part of Team Lung Love Philly where I was NYC Team Captain. I hosted a Shine A Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in .