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Mission: The only lung cancer organization solely focused on awareness, education and research in early detection.

Target demographics: National.Children.Caregivers.Patients.

Geographic areas served: National

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Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly appreciate the free radon test kit that I received from Beverlyfund. It brought me one step closer to determining if my home has radon or not. You see I was "to afraid" to go out and purchase the kit myself. I did complete the test, and the results provided indicate / recommend a re-test. Which I will do. It's too important to disregard. The Beverlyfund site stories section moved me. I must do this for my family and myself. Thank you, Christine

5

Client Served

Rating: 3

I appreciate the mission this organization represents, but like one of the other reviews, I didn't receive any feedback from the results of my test. Thanks for the oportunity, but could you let me know of my results? James Ennis jennis1@clearwire.ne

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

I have eagerly awaited the results of my Radon test but have not received anything as of yet. I was expecting some results before this. I am not certain of the time when I did the test, so the date listed below is just approximate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I read an article in the local newspaper about the hazzards associated with radon in the home and it suggested testing using the free radon test kit available from the Beverly Fund. Radon was a concern to me as we live in an older home (built in 1936) with a large basement and recently have added children to our family. I received the test kit promptly, followed simple instructions and after a couple weeks of waiting I am now able to rest peacefully knowing my 2 year old and 2 month old are living in a house that does not pose a radon related risk to their health. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently I was reading a disturbing article in The Record(February 2010), concerning elevated radon levels in and around my neighborhood. Being a new homeowner (Pacif Gardens area in Stockton, CA. in March 2008) with a young child, I was extremely worried that I put my son and wife in danger of developing Lung Cancer. As I read on, there was mention of The Beverly Fund, and how they would send out a free radon test kit. Of course, I was skeptical, how many of these so-called "free" kits end up costing home-owners much more than they bargained for. Well, IT IS FREE. After emailing The Beverly Fund, about a week later, I received the radon test kit, complete with excellent instructions and a postage paid return mailer. TOTAL COST $0.00. It took about 2 weeks to get the results e-mailed to me, which were negative for advanced levels of radon, GREAT NEWS. I cannot thank The Beverly Fund enough for the peace of mind they have restored for myself and my family. Thanks. -Matt in Stockton

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Beverly Fund is a fantastic national nonprofit for lung cancer. They spread awareness about the risks and causes of lung cancer to the public through their national Remember November campaign. They also educate youth on the dangers of tobacco with their free education materials to teachers to help make learning fun. They lend a voice to the patient with their Discover the Truth About Lung Cancer series which features stories about nonsmokers and former smokers who got lung cancer. They are working with El Camino Hospital to help with a clinical trial to test for one's susceptibility to lung cancer by using a simple cheek swab test. They give back to the patients at Jefferson Cancer Clinic weekly with a soft pretzel donation. They have easy to understand information on their website to help you navigate your disease and if you have a question that's not on there you can email them and they will get back to you witin 24 hours. The group that makes this all happen are volunteers. 100% of every dollar donated goes back into the cause. Eradicating lung cancer and increasing the 5 year survival rate from 15.5% is their #1 goal. A worthwhile organization driven with passion and one that I am proud to be a part of.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tracy Sestili, the founder of The Beverly Fund, is a warm, empathetic, intelligent woman. Her motivation comes from love and the desire to prevent others from enduring the heart ache, which she herself has lived through. Tracy takes her time and makes clear concise decisions in her non profit organization- for the greater good of all- And really, what more can one ask? She is the best of the best and I predict she will truly make a difference in the lives of the many people that encounter her. When I think of Tracy it reminds me of this quote- she involves people!: Tell me ... I will forget Show me ... I will remember Involve me ... I will understand ~Author Unknown~

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Fresh Breath For Lung Cancer Awareness! The Beverly Fund is a very personal mission which has taken on a national presence through its commitment to lung cancer education, detection and outreach to current patients through their generous support of programs such as providing treats for our chemotherapy patients. Lung cancer is a disease which often carries a stigma for the patients but regardless of the cause, every one of these individuals deserves support- and respect. Tracy Sestilli and the team at the Beverly Fund are reaching out to generate support for an often overlooked patient population when it comes to funding and support. This could be any one of us or our loved ones facing such a diagnosis and Tracy seeks to do for lung cancer what organizations such as Komen have done for breast cancer: Get people talking about it!

9 charmaine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beverly Fund was founded in love. Tracy Sestili started the fund in memory of her mother who died from lung cancer. The Fund's purpose is to raise awareness and funds to help make a difference in the fight against lung cancer. It's an uphill battle. Lung cancer is the classic underdog receiving just a fraction of research funding that other,less deadly, cancers receive. I am a never smoker who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in September 2006. My diagnosis came after a metastasis forming in one of my vertebrae spontaneously burst. Prior to sustaining the fracture I had no symptoms. I never even had a cough. In fact, I still don't have a cough. Before my diagnosis I thought it was impossible for a person who never smoked, never lived with a smoker, and was never exposed to radon or other hazardous chemicals, to ever get lung cancer. I learned I was wrong the hard way. I'm not alone. Twenty percent of female lung cancer patients are never smokers. Another 50% are patients who quit smoking, sometimes decades before their diagnosis. So far I've managed to defy the odds. I am a person, not a statistic. However, the fact remains that ninety percent of the stage iv patients diagnosed at the time I was have already died. Five year mortality for stage iv patients is even more dismal at 99.5%. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers COMBINED. In 1971 when Richard Nixon declared war on cancer I was 11 years old. I was diagnosed 35 years later at 46 years of age. In all that time mortality was only reduced 1 or 2 percent. It's time lung cancer received the attention and funding it so desperately needs. Thankfully, people like Tracy and organizations like The Beverly Fund are rising to the challenge. They turned their loss and their grief into something positive and found a way to help others. On behalf of lung cancer patients everywhere I thank you. I end this review with the hopeful reminder that love always wins.