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Causes: Cancer, Civil Rights, Health, Human Services, Lung Diseases, Personal Social Services

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.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to volunteer for and donate to! I lost my mom to lung cancer in 2015, just 4 weeks from diagnosis. I wanted to turn my grief into something positive, so I attended the organization's advocacy day on Capitol Hill in 2016. I can't wait to attend again in just a few weeks. Lung cancer patients and their families deserve a fighting chance upon diagnosis, not a death sentence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lung Cancer Alliance is unlike any other cancer advocacy organization. Lung cancer has impacted several members of my family and I am incredibly grateful for LCA's continued advocacy efforts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Lung Cancer Alliance. Keep doing the amazing work that you do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Located in the heart of Kentucky, KYOne Health is one of the largest lung cancer screening programs in the nation. While much is due to our attention to detail and compassion for the patient, we’ve also had to keep up with the many twists and turns of that government body responsible for the many complexities associated with CT lung screening.
Without the continuous and intense support of the Lung Cancer Alliance, not only would we not be scheduling as many as effectively and efficiently (over 1500 so far this year), I would venture to say we may not be screening at all. The Lung Cancer Alliance is, in my opinion, one of the greatest NFP’s with whom I have ever worked!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA continues to be a leading non-profit within the lung cancer field. Their mission is embraced by their staff and all the individuals who they touch with their wonderful services. Through their outreach and programs, they bring a new meaning to lung cancer. I continue to be amazed by their progress.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA is a wonderful organization with a wonderful staff. They are passionate about what they do and incredibly forward thinking. LCA fulfills it's mission with a positive energy. With a nonprofit budget, they sure do great things for the community and individuals affected by lung cancer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) at the Hope Summit in the spring of 2016. I was extremely impressed with the staff’s dedication, professionalism, and passion they demonstrated for their daunting mission (i.e), improving the lives of lung cancer patients and care givers. There is truly not enough superlatives to accurately capture what LCA does in support of cancer patients and care givers. The Staff’s omniscient approach to every aspect of lung cancer is heartwarming. I can’t count how many times I have heard how appreciative I am for everything LCA is doing to raise the awareness of such a debilitating disease. LCA’s aplomb staff is uniquely qualified, in their respective fields, to deal with so many aspects of lung cancer support and to provide that support in a no frills approach is extraordinary.

DeenaRoger C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a lung cancer activist because I cannot comprehend the lack of research funding for the leading cause of cancer death. We HAVE to change this! In 2014 I attended my first Lung Cancer Alliance Summit to do just that by meeting with our Congressional representatives to lobby for equitable research funding. The LCA Summit changed my life and I know this exceptional organization is endlessly working to change the lives of thousands of lung cancer patients just like me. All LCA staff members, starting at the very top, are 100% committed to their critical mission to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients. They are successful because LCA is comprised of compassionate and extremely motivated employees, and volunteers, who share a relentless, passionate drive to empower lung cancer patients and save lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dynamic and caring staff of the Lung Cancer Alliance is providing the motivation and support I need to be a Lung Cancer Advocate! There is so much work to be done and we have found that this organization in the LEADER. As a lung cancer survivor, I stand with LCA and their mission to insist on equitable research funding and improved outcomes for Lung Cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Stevie m I was diagnosed 4/15 lung cancer I went into this not knowing what cancer is, I was so scared I only heard about it,I never knew anyone who had it,as months went by and I was loosing faith in medicine and life, my wife took notice, and had to get help asap, she made 1 phone call to LCA, and spoke to Tara and she put my wife at ease, and within 30 min I received a phone call from Tara at lung cancer alliance, and my whole life turned around, I was alive and living again, everything she said came true, and she put me in touch with 2 amazing people who survived cancer, and they walked me the rest of the way, ps doctors said il be around for a long time 'thank god, and thanks lung cancer alliance

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been incredibly impressed by LCA’s efficiency since becoming a Board Member several years ago—they’re the top rated lung charity (receiving a perfect score from Charity Navigator), and they’re really the group doing it all for lung cancer—from research in early detection, to providing resources to hospitals and patients across the country (over 450 screening centers work with us) to changing the public perception/and thus creating awareness about lung cancer and those who could be at risk. Screening could save thousands of lives with early detection and have the most profound life-saving impact on cancer in history.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

By advocating for patients with lung cancer to CMS, LCA was key in pushing forward coverage for low dose CT scan screening for lung cancer. They are a fantastic resource for providers, lung cancer screenign programs and patients a like providing an easy to navigate webpage and printed resources to help explain who is eligible for lung cancer screening, how to manage a newly discovered lung nodules, what options are available for lung cancer treatment and where a patient can find high quality treatment close to them. I an a thoracic surgeon and use Lung Cancer Alliance resources frequently, especially their patient information booklet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LCA has been of a great help to me and my organization as we continue to navigate the waters of Lung Cancer Screening. The rules and processes for participating in a Lung Cancer Screening program have been a bit of a challenge as they have changed dramatically since we first began our program in 2011. LCA has held meetings in Washington DC which have been of enormous help to me personally. Topical speakers and programs which benefit me and my program directly. I look forward to this annual conference. LCA is easily reachable by phone and or email and always respond quickly to questions. LCA has inside track to experts within the American College of Radiology and the insurance industry as well as others that provide much needed direction to those running programs. It has been a great decision to join forces with LCA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lung cancer alliance is a great organization that does wonderful things for people with lung cancer!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is a wonderful organization! I am a Thoracic Nurse Navigator, and feel fortunate to have this nationally recognized resource for my patients, families, and professionals.

Jamie103

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never encountered such a passionate and dedicate group of advocates as I have experienced in my interactions with the staff and volunteers within the Lung Cancer Alliance. This group engages professionals and community members at so many levels and different angles to generate support for individuals at risk for lung cancer as well as those who have been diagnosed. I highly value my connection with LCA, and I will continue to extend my time and financial resources to support the work they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Lung Cancer Alliance is an amazing organization that helps both lung cancer patients and institutions. As an LCA Screening Center of Excellence, the Maimonides Medical Center Lung Cancer Screening Program has received an enormous amount of guidance, expertise and support from this amazing organization. With their leadership, we were able to get insurance payments for life saving lung cancer screenings.

Kortnee E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with them for the Houston Lung Walk. They take the time to answer any questions, love getting our ideas, and are always very personal with us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a lung cancer survivor I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a Survivor meeting last September. When I arrived I was met by a group of extremely dedicated and caring staff members. Each attendee was made to feel as if they had known each other for years thereby allowing for a free exchange of information regarding individual stories. The Alliance is extremely proactive and is constantly pushing for a wider population of individual to be screened earlier for lung cancer. As a result of the positive atmosphere I was immersed in, before I even left the meeting I volunteered to be a Phone Buddy for the Alliance so that I can assist the newly diagnosed overcome any fear that they may have. BEST meeting that I ever attended!

Heather Edmonds

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish I had done more research and had known about Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) when my stepdad was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in October 2008. In the years since he passed away on April 1, 2009, I have learned just how much critical work this dynamic nonprofit does for (most importantly) the people suffering from this awful disease, their family and loved ones, and their caretakers; advocating for more research and access to treatment; and carrying out public service campaigns to educate us all. LCA's work to dispel the myths associated with lung cancer have been particularly powerful for me. This organization is a shining example of what a health-related nonprofit can do to personally support those affected while lobbying for the resources to combat a devastating disease.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a twelve year lung cancer survivor. I have been a phone buddy and helped get petitions signed for Lung Cancer Awareness Month both in Tennessee and in Florida.

The people at the Lung Cancer Alliance are dedicated to helping. They are professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I am grateful for the support they gave me following my lung surgery and recovery.

Harriet Bensman

Kristy1579

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Lung Cancer Alliance since 2013 .
They brought the first Lung Love Walk to Houston, Tx. I lost my Mom in 2013 to Lung cancer, and helping put this walk together has helped me so much. I am so greatful to everyone at Lung Cancer Alliance, they are making a difference and are amazing to work with. I plan to volunteer with this wonderful organization for years to come!