As we near the end of our 20th year in our fight against lung cancer and enter the holiday season, we reflect on the top 20 reasons to be thankful.
1. SURVIVORS!: You inspire us every day to keep up the fight! We won’t give up, because you won’t give up! We admire and honor your courage and energy.
2. HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS: Those nurses, doctors and support staff who have dedicated their careers to saving lives.
3. OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS: They guide us and support all of the staff as we work to make real change for lung cancer.
4. OUR DONORS: Simply put, we could not do what we do without your generous support!
5. SCREENING: Low dose CT screening for those at high risk will shift survival rates and has the potential to save thousands of lives a year.
6. NEW TREATMENTS: Immunotherpies, targeted therapies, advances in radiation treatments. These all increase survival for so many patients!
7. SHINE A LIGHT ORGANIZERS: It isn’t easy putting on an event every year, but hundreds of volunteers step up in November to do just that!
8. SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS: Our support programs would not exist without those touched by lung cancer stepping up to help others.
9. POLITICAL ADVOCATES: $102M in federal research funding and a Lung Cancer Caucus have everything to do with people reaching out to Congress.
10. CAREGIVERS and LOVED ONES: We know that so many survivors depend on the selfless actions and care of friends and family that make up their support system.
11. OUR LUNG CANCER COLLEAGUES: We can’t do this alone and there are other lung cancer specific foundations making a difference as well.
12. SCREENING CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE: Close to 400 centers have stepped up to make sure those at risk get responsible, life-saving screening.
13. OUR POLICY PARTNERS: Here in DC and throughout the country, other organizations have taken up the cause right alongside of us.
14. SPONSORS: We are so grateful for our corporate and local sponsors who support our screening, advocacy and patient education efforts along with our 200+ events each year.
15. SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS: These individuals are out in the community bringing those diagnosed together to provide information, compassion and hope.
18. LUNG LOVE RUN/WALK VOLUNTEERS: In Philadelphia, Portland, Houston and beyond, our volunteers put together fun, meaningful and energizing run/walks for thousands of people.
19. THE CONGRESSIONAL LUNG CANCER CAUCUS: This is historic and provides a platform for education in Congress like never before on lung cancer issues.
20. THE MEDIA: More and more, there are stories highlighting lung cancer survivors and sharing the true face of the disease to change public perceptions and break the stigma.
Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season or say thank you with a gift in honor of someone you love.