25 January 2014 – Volume 36 – Issue 2 – p 4-6
Lorraine Gail “Lori” Monroe, RN, Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA), has died.
Monroe became an advocate for medical research in the development of new options for lung cancer patients after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2001 at age 42. She became involved with the United States Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Integration Panel; the Lung Cancer Action Network; and the National Cancer Institute’s Lung SPORE initiative at Vanderbilt University, as well as the NCI’s Advocacy Steering Committee, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and the Thoracic Malignancies Steering Committee.
“Physicians are not often comfortable communicating with patient advocates, but Lori was one who could break the barriers and set up communications that would actually get things done,” Paul Bunn, MD, Distinguished Professor and the James Dudley Chair in Lung Cancer Research at University of Colorado, said in a news release.
Monroe cofounded LCFA in 2007 with Kim Norris, whose husband died of lung cancer, and David Sturges, another survivor.
Monroe, who died at Vanderbilt Medical Center, is survived by her parents, three daughters, and two brothers.