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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is the rare non-profit that has the perfect combination of a) warm, caring, and truly concerned people, b) cutting-edge research programs and patient services, along with c) business-like fiscal responsibility. A powerful combination in the fight against lung cancer. My organization, The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, became a BJALCF affiliate in 2010 for this very reason; but, have been supporters and friends in the fight for over five years now. They are one of the best lung cancer advocacy and research groups out there.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of this organization that started just seven years ago as a grass-roots idea and has burgeoned into a highly respected and admired foundation to fight against lung cancer. What Bonnie, her family and those alongside her have accomplished is rare in the non-profit world. BJALCF funds research towards finding the most effective treatment options working collaboratively with worldwide scientists and doctors, while at the same time assisting patients and caregivers with The Lung Cancer Living Room, a support group located right in their office (and offered on-line). BJALCF is about hope, its about education and its about what a family can do together when their hearts are aligned. Bonnie's optimism and love is contagious. Its no wonder this Foundation has made the progress it has in such a short amount of time.