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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

11 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!

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!

Trudy N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shortly after my lobectomy for a 1cm adenocarcinoma,I learned of the program the Lung Cancer Alliance was doing eith CT scans. I was so impressed that i wrote them to learn more about it. I gladly sent my CT scan to them for the use of training purposes for physicians. What a wonderful use never to be needed CT scans to help other patients!

Lung Cancer Alliance is a wonderful organization for the needs and resources for lung cancer patients.

1 momentumtutoring

Donor

Rating: 5

My mom survived lung cancer. She is now healthy and happy. She still has a picture of all of us walking for her, with her, a few years ago at a Lung Cancer Alliance walk in San Diego. The walk brought hope to our family and we are forever grateful.

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Lung Cancer Alliance 09/29/2014

We are so glad to hear your mother is doing well! Please know that we are always here for you and your family. Hope to see you at a Shine a Light in November (http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/shine-a-light-on-lung-cancer.html)!

1 Venessa K.

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit was unknown to me until my father was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 years ago. In my mind it seemed as if my dad was diagnosed and gone before I even had a chance to comprehend what was happening. My father was diagnosed in the summer of 2010 and left us on October 2, 2010. Through the shine-a-light vigil held in Syracuse NY that November, my siblings and I were embraced and held while we mourned. Through donation and fund raising I feel that I am helping to push forward the importance of government funding and increasing the publics knowledge about this horrific disease. I will continue to fight on behalf of patients, survivors, loved ones and those that champion the lung cancer cause.

Ken W.

Donor

Rating: 4

My wife, Sheila, passed away in September 2009 and the Lung Cancer Alliance was instrumental in providing an outlet for me to channel my need to "do something." So I turned my attention to raising money to assist in their mission - awareness building, and legislative advocacy. The level of care for lung cancer patients needs to be on parity with the other cancers (breast, prostate, colon) that get far more funding, even though their death rates are far less than lung cancer patients.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the past two years I lost both my Mother and one of my best friends to lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance has been there for me throughout these two painful journeys. Their wealth of information kept me up to date on new treatments available, many of which helped both my Mom and my good friend through their battles. In addition they helped me become an advocate for this under funded, ignored cancer. I learned how to write to officials and when my voice needed to be heard. At the end of both my Mother's and my friend's lives when I was most helpless, I was able to write letters and feel I was doing something that will potentially help someone else even though my Mom and friend lost their battles. Without lung cancer alliance we wouldn't have the funding we now do for the number one cancer killer. THey have also given me the information that I need to educate the public about this disease. Whenever someone gives me sympathy about my losses I can recited the facts and figures of the disease and hopefully educate another ignorant member of the public. I couldn't do this without lung cancer alliance.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people are AMAZING at this organization. They put their heart and soul into everything they do! In memory of my fater, every year we run a fundraiser and donate all earnings to Lung Cancer Alliance. They help those living with the disease and support those who have lost a loved one to the battle. We gained a lot of information on the disease through LCA!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great group. My son had lung cancer and they were a big help to him and our family. We will always support this group!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My father passed away in 2005 and LCA was one of the first people we went to for help with doing something for the cause. They not only pointed us in the right direction but I can truly call their staff a family friend. They have touched my family and I forever and I will be forever grateful for their help, research ,tools and knowledge of this disease. Thank you LCA and keep up the good work.