October 2010 – Featured Cause
The Lung Cancer Foundation of America‘s [LCFA] purpose is to save lives by improving the survival rate of lung cancer. They do this by raising money from the private sector and channeling those funds to lung cancer researchers, so that researchers find effective ways to predict, detect, and treat lung cancer. Their mission is to save lives by dramatically increasing the five-year survival rates for all stages of lung cancer, the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. The LCFA sets out to accomplish this by providing the necessary and critical funding for creative and leading edge lung cancer research programs.
The LCFA was established by two lung cancer survivors and one lung cancer widow. While their life experiences vary greatly, the three realized that the poor lung cancer survival rate is the direct result of lack of funding for lung cancer research. After speaking with the top lung cancer researchers in the country, the founders saw how diligently they were working to unlock the secrets unique to the disease, yet were having to devote a great deal of time to fighting for funding from the federal government. With federal funding so difficult and time-consuming to attain, and very little private funding available, founders Kim Norris, Lori Monroe and David Sturges set out to focus substantial funding from the private sector on lung cancer research, allowing researchers and clinicians the time and money to devote to their work. In their words, “It’s lung cancer’s turn.” For more information and to get involved, please visit their website.