My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lungevity Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
I love this organization more than I have words to describe. I'm often telling LUNGevity that I am in their "fan club!"
My mother (i.e., my best friend!) was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in March 2015. We were terrified, overwhelmed, in denial...all of it. I will never forget the darkness of the days between the diagnosis and the start of the treatment plan.
In those dark days, I went searching for...something. We didn't even know what we needed; not really. Mom said she desperately needed hope. I said I needed a way to contribute to the fight. I felt so disenfranchised knowing that there was nothing I could do to change how my mom's treatment was going to work, but I wanted to feel like I was fighting, too.
I literally stumbled into LUNGevity's open arms. I remember the first email I ever sent to the Survivorship and Support team: I didn't know what I could do, but I needed to do something. They responded immediately: with opportunities to join in the policy conversation around lung cancer; with opportunities to raise funds for research; with places where my mom and I could find peer-to-peer support; with opportunities to help disseminate accurate lung cancer information; the list goes on. Truly, the sky was the limit. The ability to call myself an advocate and to tailor my advocacy to my skill set was revelatory, and changed my family's whole approach to the diagnosis. We went from vulnerable to connected and empowered.
Today, as a volunteer linked to several of LUNGevity's programs, I can confidently say that they are the thought leaders in cancer advocacy. They work tirelessly to find new ways for survivors and caregivers to have support. They are personal and professional ambassadors to the medical world. They work at the highest level of government and academia to influence public policy in favor of cancer patients. They bend over backwards to fund the research projects that will become tomorrow's advanced treatments.
It cannot be said enough: LUNGevity is changing the world on behalf of cancer patients, true to their motto and mission statement.
And I, for one, will never be able to thank them enough for undergirding my family's determination.