My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lungevity Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
In 2009, at 39 years old, I was diagnosed with stage 3B non small cell lung cancer. I underwent brutal treatments for 10 agonizing weeks. Because of the stigma and the small # of lung cancer survivors, I really had no one to talk to about what I was going through, except for my mom, who is also a lung cancer survivor. Without her (my rock) I don't know how I would've made it through. She was always there to support, encourage, and remind me that "tomorrow will be better". I was lucky... most don't have anyone to turn to who has been there, done that. I wanted to share and give to others who may not have been so lucky and were fighting "alone". When I found LUNGevity, I was truly amazed at what this organization is all about. It gave me a voice; a way to touch and be touched in a way that gives and spreads hope to others as well as myself. This organization is all about the survivors, their families and caregivers. It funds vital research and provides information, support, and hope to all who are in need. I have attended the LUNGevity Survivor's Hope Summit two years in row and both experiences were magical. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed, accepted, embraced, and loved. I have NEVER experienced anything like it in all my life. Just being with all of the survivors gives me a renewed feeling of strength, empowerment, and unconditional love. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and have gained the knowledge and ability to touch others as I have been touched. In the days just before the 2013 Hope Summit, I was going through a lot of not so happy things. I remember thinking, "I survived cancer for this?!". I was crying the morning I got onto the plane, but the moment I connected with the first "brother and sister survivors", I was all smiles. I suddenly remembered what it was all about! LUNGevity has opened many doors for me to help not only myself but others who need what we all crave... Love, support, encouragement, and hope. Through LUNGevity, I have been accepted to review applications for funding for research through the Department of Defense, and have been directed to the patient navigation institute where I was awarded a full scholarship to train to be an oncology patient navigator, None of this would've been possible without the guidance that LUNGevity provides, There is NO better nonprofit organization out there!!!
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