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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

As a family member of several people who have passed away from lung cancer, I really appreciate this foundation. They are always very informative. They don't blame the cancer victim, but are truly there to help. I love that they have a Lung Cancer Living Room support group and that I can watch via live stream. I love that there are lung cancer events that I can support and attend and know the money is for LUNG cancer and not other cancers. Highly recommended!!!



Rating: 5

BJALCF is a remarkable organization that has embraced scientific research and patient care, equally. The organization is visible and its work is making an important difference in the lives of lung cancer patients and their families. I became involved when my sister developed lung cancer and subsequently joined the advisory board of BJALCF and committed support to the Foundation and its top researchers. I'm impressed with the scope, reach, and impact.


Rating: 5

I have several members of my family who had been affected by Lung Cancer. I was happy to finally find a foundation that focused on Lung Cancer and not on smoking. I like how they point out that the patients matter and they get rid of the stigma. I feel like I always get personal attention and am not just a random donor. Everyone I have dealt with at this foundation has been very caring and helpful even though I have not donated a lot of money, I still feel like I really matter to them. I also like that they put the patient first.