What is LUNGevity?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Katie Brown
The History of LUNGevity

LUNGevity Foundation was formed over 10 yrs ago by 7 Chicago-area lung cancer survivors.  It was their vision and passion for finding a cure that resulted in LUNGevity’s phenomenal growth. From a small Chicago-born organization to the nation’s fastest growing charity in less than ten years, these very special people left an indelible legacy.

In June of 2010, LUNGevity merged with Protect Your Lungs.  Patricia A. Stern, the inspiration behind Protect Your Lungs, died in March 2008 after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Despite Pat’s vigilance with her annual physicals and chest x-rays, the disease developed undetected until it was too late to treat. Pat’s family decided to do something about this and prevent it from happening to other families.

The Foundation Today

LUNGevity Foundation is the largest private funder of lung cancer research and has the largest lung cancer grassroots network.  We have offices in Chicago, Washington DC, and satellite offices in NYC, Dallas and Nashville.

The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer.

In order to accomplish its mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer as identified by its board of leading scientists. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network.

LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.

We are also dedicated to:

Offering the largest online lung cancer support network: message boards, forums, and phone buddy program. Access to information & our annual Hope Survivor Summit

Helps to interpret complex medical language into easy-to-understand language and also provides services for users to Ask the Expert, Webinars, Podcasts and interactive sessions.

Advocacy program that raises awareness about the number one cancer killer – lung cancer and builds community awareness about lung cancer and LUNGevity.


2011 Goals

  • Increase awareness about lung cancer and support for people affected by the disease
  • Increasing funding into research for early detection and targeted therapies
  • Growing our lung cancer community and grassroots network to affect national change
  • Creating HOPE thru new programs, initiatives and survivor stories


How YOU Can Help LUNGevity

  • You can help LUNGevity by visiting our website and learning more about lung cancer, talking about lung cancer and educating others about lung cancer.
  • Dispel the stigma that lung cancer is simply a smoker’s disease.  It’s not. 60% of those diagnosed are never smokers or ex smokers who quit decades ago.  Let people know that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.
  • Check to see if there is an event in your area and become a sponsor or participate in the event to raise funds for lung cancer research.
  • Suggest LUNGevity as a resource to anyone you know in the cancer community or to anyone who has been affected by lung cancer
  • Become a partner with us in the fight against lung cancer!

To Contact LUNGevity: phone:  312-464-0716 email:   info@lungevity.org web:  www.lungevity.org

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