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Lung Cancer Alliance

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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

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been hosting an annual charity fundraiser for the past eight years with three friends. We've always been very passionate about our event, but it didn't really start to thrive until we found a nonprofit that was a perfect fit for what we were trying to accomplish. Just before our fourth year of the fundraiser, my family was hit by Lung Cancer. In my search for ways to help, I came across the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), and I immediately felt connected to their mission. We found a great partnership right away with LCA, and we haven't looked back since!

Our average funds raised per year have tripled since joining forces with LCA, capped by us breaking the $10,000 mark for the first time in our most-recent year. I think the goals and messages that LCA provides really seem to resonate with our donors . We've also grown more passionate in our efforts ever since we found a more personal connection with our charity. Working with LCA, we've really felt like we are making a difference and have a voice. Their representatives are always reaching out to us to show appreciation for what we're doing and remind us that we are a valuable part of their organization. This is something that we never felt with any of our previous nonprofits, and it's created a great experience for us all-around. We've been receiving fundraiser materials, wrist-bands, shirts, sunglasses, pins, thank-you letters, and continuous signs of appreciation through the years, and it's made our work feel more rewarding each time we do it! It's been a great boost for us, and I'd certainly recommend LCA to anyone else who is looking to have a voice in the fight against lung cancer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Lung Cancer Alliance! All of the staff make me feel like family! They do an excellent job supporting lung cancer survivors and caregivers.

Scooter4Gail

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work with the staff at the Lung Cancer Alliance since 2013 after losing my wife to this horrific disease in 2012. They are amazing in what they do everyday. Always working with patients in mind first and foremost, pushing to further awareness, helping to push for better research funding, taking the cause right to the lawmakers and helping me to help them advocate when necessary. Their events, like the walk in Philadelphia at the zoo are first class all the way and have brought many people in the community into the fold by hosting events like these. If you have lung cancer or know someone who does, this is the place you need to go. I wish we knew about them when my wife was diagnosed, it would have made a world of difference. Your contributions to this organization go right towards making a difference in the lung cancer community. They take their mission seriously and I know they will help increase the survival rate over time and work to find better treatments and cures. Trust me on this. After all we went through with doctors, hospitals and insurance companies fighting us in this battle, I wouldn't volunteer with an organization that was like the others. They fight WITH us. They fight FOR us. Kudos LCA and keep up the great work -- Scott

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Lung Cancer alliance for 8 years. When my mother passed away from lung cancer we didn’t have any local resources to help. We reached out to them for help. They help us get Shine A Light on Lung Cancer vigil each November for Lung cancer awareness month. We have been holding it at the Salem Cancer Institute every year since. When wanting to do more, LCA helped us set up Lung Love Walk/Run Portland. We have held 3 runs so far to raise money and starting to prepare for next year. Without their help we wouldn’t had known where to start and never would have raised money for Lung cancer research for loved ones living with Lung cancer. They helped me through the grieving process of losing my mother. I’m a proud supporting of LCA and encourage anyone who has dealt with Lung cancer get involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Lung Cancer Alliance in 2010 after my husband quickly died of lung cancer. The organization has never disappointed me. I have become involved in the Lung Love Run Walk Philadelphia for the past 5 years in addition to many other events. The organization is represented by a group of phenomenol individuals who continuously demonstrate their strong commitment. Lung Cancer Alliance has changed my life for the better at a time when I very much needed the support they provide. And over the past 7 years I have seen LCA positively impact the lives of those with a lung cancer diagnosis. LCA is undoubtedly a great nonprofit.

Cindy J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My introduction to LCA came through my mentor, Hilary. She was (is!) guiding me in starting a lung cancer screening program in my hospital. From the beginning, Hilary told me the success of her program wouldn't have happened without the support of LCA.
The more time I put into developing my program the more I have come to appreciate the varied resources of LCA. Every time I go to the website to find one thing, I find two more!
There are free resources for patients, both paper and online. So nice not to have to reinvent the wheel.
The annual conference was an amazing opportunity to learn and to network. I look forward to attending next year with even more questions.

Donor

Rating: 5

When my mom died in 2008, part of my brothers and I grieving process were to give back someway in honor of her, who was gone too soon. We were not ready, we felt helpless, and we had no outside help to process what this thing that was taking our mother from us so early in her young seventies. So we founded Cinderella Cares Inc. named after her and we went looking for organizations that were on the cutting edge of changing the terrain, Lung Cancer Alliance is local and making a big impact. Therefore, we joined force with them. The LCA family has a big heart and a big vision and because of their integrity, passion, smarts, advocacy work, support to those at risk and navigating a lung cancer diagnosis, commitment to policy change, and increase funding to research we had to join with them. When we do our annual comedy for cure LCA is one of the recipients of the money we collect.

Thanks LCA - Cinderella Cares love all that you do unselfishly.

David T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Over 6 years ago I lost my wife, a never ever smoker, to adenocarcinoma at the much too young age of 63. Lung cancer took from her all but her first year of retirement after 30 years in the federal government. Each year I normally donate to organizations that I feel are worthy, need what I can offer, are committed to the cause they serve, and for whom I think my contribution makes a difference. The Lung Cancer Alliance is truly one of those. According to Charity Navigator, their administrative and fundraising expenses are quite low, leaving more dollars for the programs and services that are its mission. They are making a difference in the fight against lung cancer, and I intend to support them to the extent of my ability. Pink may be the color of cancer ribbons in October, but in November it is time to think clear, the ribbon color that signifies the invisible nature of lung cancer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LCA has been a pleasure to work with from the beginning. Their motivational skills and true dedication to the cause is an inspiration. Look forward to volunteering in years to come!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lung Cancer Alliance is an excellent organization that offers the most up to date information on lung cancer, current resources for patients and their families, and one may search for clinical trials. They are a true advocate in the political arena for those who are living the lung cancer diagnosis and for those who help screen and treat patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a Lung Health Navigator hired to start a lung program early 2017. I reached out to LCA last year for assistance. Angela Criswell, came to our organization and presented to the Oncology Collaborative team and was very instrumental in promoting Lung Cancer Screening and the importance behind their organization. With her help, we were able to start our program and have screened more than 400 patients in one year and identified 3 Stage I lung cancers exceeding the national average 1/320. Not to mention, they offer a lung screening conference for a way to learn and network with other organizations across the country. I attend 2/3 and could not have been as successful as we are today without the organizations support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Sept 2012 we were just starting our lung cancer screening program. Without the guidance and support of the Lung Cancer Alliance, we would not be where we are today....one of the largest lung cancer screening programs in the nation. The Lung Cancer Alliance has been a God-send to our program, our team, and our patients. They have helped us network with other facilities as well as local and national entities to bring an awareness of lung cancer to the forefront and best practices for detection and treatment. We are great at what we do, in part, due to the Lung Cancer Alliance. I cannot think of a nonprofit more deserving of recognition as we continue to save lives through early detection. They have my highest admiration and respect.

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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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lung Cancer Alliance was the first voice exclusively dedicated to lung cancer for patients AND providers. They collaboratively provide a voice of unity, compassion, inclusiveness, and encouragement in a disease unfairly stigmatized. They never leave anyone alone in the fight against lung cancer, whether they are a newly diagnosed patient or a provider fighting to improve medical care in the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer.

As a lung cancer screening nurse navigator, Lung Cancer Alliance provided support throughout the difficult journey in the development of responsible screening programs and insurance reimbursement. The successes that I have had in screening would not have been possible without the support that I have received from the entire LCA team. If you are a provider whom wants to start up a program, you will be successful if you connect with LCA.

Thank you, Lung Cancer Alliance, for everything you have done for all of us (patients, non-medical caregivers, nurses, physicians, researchers, community grassroots organizers) in restoring hope in the fight to end lung cancer. No one can fight lung cancer alone. By uniting providers, patients, families, and nurses, LCA provide us with the strength and support to continue to fight through our most difficult challenges.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Lung Cancer Alliance for a few years as a patient advocate. They have given me the opportunity to participate in spreading awareness and supporting research. It is especially satisfying to join other advocates to visit our representatives on Capitol Hill and discuss the need for increased funding for lung cancer issues. The staff at LCA has always been extremely knowledgeable and supportive as we try and navigate the system and provide information to other patients and to our elected officials. The web site is an invaluable resource and has helped me learn more so that I can speak effectively about the most important issues. Throughout this work, I have met the most wonderful people, both within LCA and among the advocate population. I look forward to continuing working with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lung Cancer Alliance is a tremendous organization for Lung Cancer patients as well as advocates and caretakers.

They work hard all year in providing superb resources for everyone affected by this disease.

They also do a tremendous job in working with Federal legislature in raising awareness as well as advocating for increased funding for research.
I have always found the staff to be knowledgeable, caring and very passionate about working with the Lung Cancer community.

Kristy R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my Mom in 2013 to small cell lung cancer. I wanted to do something honor her memory but I couldn't find any fundraisers to support in the Houston area. After attending a Shine a Light with my dear friend Janie who had also lost her Mom to lung cancer, I contacted Lung cancer Alliance and inquired about starting a walk in Houston. I was thrilled to learn that something was in the works but they needed volunteers to make it happen! We soon met other local advocates who were passionate about the cause and together with Lung cancer Alliance in Nov. 2014 our dream became a reality! We are having our FOURTH Lung Love Walk this Saturday and look forward to many more! LCA is a wonderful organization who truly cares about their mission and I am happy to be a part of their volunteer committee! We love working with Lanni and Maggie :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words could not possibly explain how much I appreciate all the work Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) has done since day 1 that I got involved with our FIRST Lung Love Walk Houston in 2014. It was great to know that there WAS a non-profit organization with passionate people about bringing lung cancer awareness as I was. I have been very happy being able to work with LCA for the past years.
The people there, such as Lanni & Maggie among many others have been incredible in all aspects. When dealing with them from planning to final event items, it has been a pleasure and it’s shown how much they care about LCA to be sure things run smooth from beginning to end.
THANK YOU LCA for making an idea become a realty to bring a lung cancer walk to Houston, now it has been just that, a reality year after year.

DeenaRoger C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 I attended my first National Lung Cancer Summit sponsored by Lung Cancer Alliance. My life changed! The compassionate, dedicated LCA staff provided me with the support, the knowledge and the confidence to stand up and advocate for lung cancer patients. I have never looked back. I do my research. I know with confidence Lung Cancer Alliance responsively uses their resources to IMPROVE outcomes for the leading cause of cancer death; an underfunded, stigmatized and insidious disease. Lung Cancer Alliance's unwavering commitment to everyone impacted by lung cancer IS making a difference, and I am grateful and extremely proud to be a small part of this critical effort. I am a very lucky 2X lung cancer patient who is EXTREMELY lucky to have Lung Cancer Alliance working for ME!

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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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Shelly E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a for year lung cancer survivor and I absolutely love working with Lung Cancer Alliance! I especially enjoy partnering with them on the hill to spread awareness and ask for needed funds for lung cancer research. I find their mission is the same as mine when fighting this dreadful disease.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2010 when my sister, Mary Anne Rios, a non-smoker was diagnosed with NSCLC lung cancer, I was devastated. At 53, she was in the prime of her life. For the next 3 1/2 years she valiantly fought lung cancer but ultimately lost her battle in January 2014. My sister wanted to help raise lung cancer awareness and discovered Lung Cancer Alliance online. Lung Cancer Alliance provided her with support and resources but more importantly I found people I could talk to about my sister's lung cancer journey and my role as a caregiver. The staff at Lung Cancer Alliance are a wonderful group willing to listen and lend support. As a result of the support I received from Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), I continue to support LCA programs and host fundraisers each year to help raise funds and spread awareness of this terrible disease that kills more women than the top three gynecological cancers combined. No one deserves lung cancer.