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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Lung Diseases, Lung Diseases Research, Public Health

Mission: We bring experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that keep lung cancer at the top of the list of killers. When it comes to eradicating lung cancer, the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime. We are tireless in our efforts to further understand each new scientific breakthrough and end lung cancer. We make it a point to speak with researchers almost every day. We challenge them to make the necessary leaps to move from the lab into the patient’s hospital rooms and their bedsides. Because we believe “smokers are people too,” we don’t practice “blame” in our efforts to fight cancer. There are currently researchers working across the country to find a cure for lung cancer, and all cancers. We’re here to move those studies beyond mice to humans and we know their work gives us and our families, and thousands of people more real hope. We promise to lead the crusade for research and pour our energies into making early detection and screening accessible to all and making funding and education available to keep people healthy and alive despite lung cancer.

Programs: Screensaver's Initiative, 10-12 states

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caren G.


Rating: 5

I am a stage IV lung cancer survivor, diagnosed incidentally in 2006, without a sign or symptom; it sent our entire family into a tailspin. My daughter researched BJALCF and realized it was a perfect fit for us. Starting at the very top with Bonnie herself, I have come to know these wonderfully caring, intelligent, and fiercely dedicated people. I love them all. It is inspiring to watch them support and sponsor the best and the brightest in the field of lung cancer research, making a difference in the treatment and survival rate of Lung Cancer NOW. At the same time, they provide information, hope, and inspiration on a very individual and personal basis to those of us battling this disease. I was inspired to begin a 5K walk/run in Gainesville, FL to support the Foundation. We will be celebrating our 4th annual Run Amuck With the Duck on March 9, 2013. It's incredibly fulfilling to be a BJALCF soldier in this war!

Evy S.


Rating: 5

There's some special "alchemy" going on at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation that starts with Bonnie and pervades her entire staff: 100+% positive, helpful, proactive, ALIVE! I have spent my personal and professional life in the non-profit sector. Of the organizations that I have encountered, BJALCF ranks at the top in terms of how it embraces people in need, provides life-saving information and personal help, and provides great hope in the face of having a life-threatening disease. As a volunteer and as the wife of someone with lung cancer, I know that the Foundation's research and advocacy work saves lives AND has provided me and my husband with a life-saving place to be. It is rich resource of information and of people with great heart. I often tell my friends that, "The Addario Foundation is doing for lung cancer what the Komen Foundation has done for breast cancer."


Rating: 5

My daughter's best friend, Jill Costello, died of lung cancer in 2010. A few months before she died, Jill agreed to be a spokesperson for the BJALCF. It was a smart and brave move on her part. Everyone at BJALCF was so loving and supportive of Jill and her family! For myself, I am very glad I had somewhere to turn after Jill died. Through my efforts on behalf of the foundation, I feel I can make a positive difference to beat lung cancer -- big time! BJALCF also helped Jill's young friends set up Jill's Legacy, which is an young persons' advisory board to BJALCF. I know that, by becoming involved with Jill's Legacy, it has made a big difference in my daughter's life, after losing her best friend. I have seen everyone affiliated with both BJALCF and Jill's Legacy work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for research. I am quite certain that their inspired efforts will bring about a much increased lung cancer survival rate over the next several years.

Maggie E.


Rating: 5

I feel like I fit into many categories under the "role" section for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. I first joined the foundation as a volunteer when a dear friend was diagnosed. BJA welcomed me and gave more support back to than I could ever give to it. The foundation empowers patients and families and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. This foundation treats every side of lung cancer and I am forever grateful for the 360 degree action they take to fight. I now sit on a young professional board of the foundation and it is the thing I am most proud of in my life. I may not be a researcher and I am not a big donor, but BJA has shown me the impact each person can to tackle something much bigger. Thank you BJA!