LUNGevity Foundation hosted our second 2010 National Volunteers’ Weekend (NVW) August 13-15 in Chicago. Our first 2010 NVW was in March. Between the two Weekends, we hosted more than 50 of our event coordinators from all over the country. We use this time with our coordinators to impart information about the foundation, our research, and developments in our national events program. We also celebrate the amazing work this cadre of volunteers does for LUNGevity. It’s because of them that our revenues were up 31% in 2009, and we were named the fastest growing charity in the United States by Charity Navigator!
I always come away from these Weekends so inspired by the incredible work that these dedicated and passionate individuals do for this cause that means so much to me. Together, we make a strong and implacable army in our quest to increase survivorship through research.
If we look to movements such as breast cancer, we see the importance of a strong, national, passionate advocate base. One of the reasons that progress has been made in the survivorship of breast cancer is that constituents across the country demanded more money for research into its detection and treatment. Advocates used their voices and pens and votes to tell policymakers – and each other! – how critical it was to make strides against a disease that affects so many people. And it worked! In the past two decades, there have been serious gains in the survival rates of breast cancer and in the quality of life of breast cancer patients.
It’s time for lung cancer to experience these gains! It’s time for all of us to make our voices heard. What can YOU do?
- Attend a LUNGevity event. If there’s not one in your area, start one. These events not only raise a lot of money for lung cancer research, but they provide a setting for people affected by lung cancer to come together for support and hope and love.
- Make a donation to LUNGevity. Every dollar helps us achieve our mission of early detection and effective treatment. We have lots of giving options, including monthly donations and tribute funds.
- Talk about lung cancer. Everywhere I go, I talk about my family’s experiences with lung cancer, and as soon as I start talking, people jump in with their own stories. We’re all affected by this disease, and it’s time we started a national dialog about curing it. Tell people about LUNGevity, our phenomenal growth, and the incredible research we fund.
- Support the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009. Contact your congressman about this critical piece of legislation that declares lung cancer a public health priority, and authorizes the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to combine their key assets and to develop a comprehensive and coordinated research program with a goal of cutting lung cancer’s mortality in half by 2016.
Thank you to all of our advocates! You are making the difference in our fight. You are keeping the conversation going. You are making strides against this disease that affects us all. And you are helping us spread the word that we are all affected by lung cancer. We are a large and determined community, and together we will cure this disease.