I am a lucky 6 year lung cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at stage 3A. I had surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. As a result of the radiation, two of my coronary arteries became weakened and would not allow the plaque to come through. I had dual by-pass surgery 9 months ago as a consequence. I lost my father, uncle and two friends to lung cancer. We were all never smokers. I also lost two friends who had given up smoking decades ago. When I saw a newsletter in my surgeon's office published by the Lung Cancer Alliance, I knew I had to become its advocate to help erase the stigma, elevate awareness, and change public health policy. I am now working with the Lung Cancer Alliance as a "full time" volunteer to accomplish our goals. I feel very committed and am thankful to the Lung Cancer Alliance for the support, guidance and energy that has been provided to help realize our efforts.
In 1971 my father died from lung cancer. In 2007 my husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and passed away in December 2007. I was shocked to realize that in 36 years nothing had changed in the course of treatment and, more importantly, the diagnosis. After losing the 2 most important men in my life to this horrible cancer, I found out about the Lung Cancer Alliance and became an advocate because people need to be educated about lung cancer and the fact that money is needed for research. This cancer KILLS MORE AMERICANS THAN ALL OTHER CANCERS COMBINED every year and A CURE MUST BE FOUND. The support and encouragement of this group is phenomenal and the word is getting out there as a result of LCA. Doctors who refuse to do CT scans or MRI's when asked by a patient's family must be censored and removed from practice. LCA is a professional organization and working extremely hard to get the word out. They are doing an awesome job.
Amazing people in this organization doing outstanding things. While much of their focus is advocacy, patient support is their mainstay, and I'm so lucky. Every time I get a diagnosis, or have a question, I run to their office. I'm so fortunate to be blocks away. They have educated me, hugged me and cared for me and thousands of people just like me. I sincerely don't know what I would have done without Lung Cancer Alliance.
AMAZING. What else can be said about a group that in a few short years has put a face on lung cancer all across the country. Opened the ndoors to the U.S. Congress and Senate to have the 1st ever bill passed for lung cancer research in the amount of $20 million. They have taken to task groups, and government agencies to insure they do the right thing for lung cancer. A major driving force for early detection. It does saves lives. LCA has been very responsible in making people understand that lung cancer is not a smokers disease and it is not anybodies fault why they have lung cancer. Just ask the very large group who never smoked in their life nor did anybody in their families. I have stage 4 lung cancer. LCA has so many programs that I was able to take advantage of and are available at no charge to everybody. LCA plays a very big part in helping me stay alive. I was told there is NO chance, go home and die, one of the 1st places that I turned to was LCA.Even though it is so hard to find people to get involved and help fight this terrible disease some do step up to the plate. I know. I decided I needed to get involved to help other as LCA has helped me. I was allowed to establish Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia. There is no other group in the country that does what they do. I hope you appreciate and realize it.
When my father died of lung cancer in 2007, I was desperate to help fight this disease. The Lung Cancer Alliance not only welcomed me with open arms but also pointed me in the right direction, listened to my story, and provided some amazing support during a really tough time.
I only wish my family had found the Lung Cancer Alliance when my father was diagnosed and before he passed. We struggled to find support services and the latest information about lung cancer therapies. At a time when we needed to be entirely focused on my father and his treatment, we were doing a lot of unnecessary legwork trying to get answers, searching for help. The avenues we tried didn't have much advice and didn't offer any hope. This young organization is largely unknown amidst other national nonprofits that have been around for a long time, but who hold a broader focus. It is going to take a laser like focus to bring lung cancer into the pubic debate, secure funding, and make dramatic inroads in survival rates. The LCA is top notch, cost efficient and entirely focused on LUNG CANCER. They are leading the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering patients, elevating awareness and changing health policy. If you or a loved one are impacted by lung cancer, you need to get connected to this organization. You or your loved one will benefit - and LCA can't change health policy without YOU. Become a face in the fight.