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Lung cancer is the forgotten cancer. It is under funded, under researched, and under supported. It will kill more than 160,000 Americans this year. The Lung Cancer Foundation of America is desperately needed...

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"Compassion is the basis of all morality."

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STATEMENT OF NEED

Lung cancer is the forgotten cancer. It is under funded, under researched, and under supported. It will kill more than 160,000 Americans this year. The Lung Cancer Foundation of America is desperately needed...

Because of a 5-year survival rate of only 15%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of the disease.

Because of the association of smoking with lung cancer, almost all money is directed toward tobacco cessation and education programs, despite the fact that 60% of new lung cancer victims are non-smokers.

Because of the stigma that has long been associated with the disease - that somehow lung cancer victims bring it upon themselves, lung cancer is enshrouded in guilt, both for the victims and family members.

Because of the lack of public outcry, government has largely ignored lung cancer as a public health crisis and therefore does not fund lung cancer research in proportion to its effect on public health.

Because of the lack of private foundations devoted to the research of early detection and treatment of lung cancer, people who want to contribute to lung cancer research give to foundations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Lung Association (ALA), not realizing that very little of the ACS and ALA’s research funds go toward lung cancer research.

Because of the lack of funding, researchers who would focus on lung cancer have to spend the bulk of their time and energy trying to secure research grants rather than advancing research in the laboratory.

Because of the lack of research, there are few treatment options available to lung cancer victims, and doctors frequently tell these same victims to go home and put their affairs in order.

The good news is that a small but growing number of lung cancer advocates refuse to accept the status quo for lung cancer research. These advocates, made up of lung cancer survivors and family members from across the country, are starting to be the voice for lung cancer victims by educating the public and private sectors about the inequities surrounding lung cancer issues.

As a nationwide foundation, LCFA will fill the need for private funding by creating the infrastructure in which to receive and distribute money designated for lung cancer research. Because of their involvement in lung cancer advocacy, the LCFA founders, David Sturges and Lori Monroe, both of whom are lung cancer survivors and Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow, have access to the top lung researchers in the country and have established direct communication with the director and executive team of the National Cancer Institute. As a result, LCFA will be looking to fund the most innovative and effective lung cancer research aimed at prediction, early detection and treatment.