Our Background: Compassion


Our Mission

The Dusty Joy Foundation (LiveLung) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010 by lung cancer survivor and advocate Dusty Donaldson.

The organization provides patient services for the lung cancer community and raises public awareness about lung cancer, including early detection, the need for compassion and new hope surrounding treatment breakthroughs. The organization comprises a board of directors, advisors, executive director, and others supporting our patient programs. Our mission is to advance lung cancer education, early detection, and compassion for people impacted by lung cancer.

LiveLung helps educate the public concerning facts, such as, anyone can get lung cancer and everyone deserves compassion—regardless of smoking history. We firmly believe a lack of compassion has led to the lack of lung cancer research funding, contributing to the highest number of deaths caused by cancer.

Through education, raising awareness, and compassion, our programs help pave the way for increased lung cancer research funding.

About Us

This LiveLung website is a virtual neighborhood created by and for the lung cancer community. Live Lung is a community environment featuring organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people battling lung cancer.

We respect each individual’s interest in being involved in our organization as well as other nonprofits in the lung cancer space. Each organization has their own unique mission, programs, initiatives, and brand identity. Yet we all share common goals to improve the lives of lung cancer patients. LiveLung is a place where all those serving the lung cancer community can retain their individuality and hold fast to their principles while uniting in the battle against our common enemy: lung cancer.


Live Lung Community Serves the Following Purposes

  • Host lung cancer community meetings featuring educational speakers
  • Bring lung cancer patients together to share and learn from each other
  • Provide Hope Totes to dozens of cancer centers for nurse navigators to distribute to newly diagnosed lung cancer patients
  • Encourage people fighting lung cancer
  • Help newly diagnosed patients navigate available resources
  • Provide a forum for sharing stories and information
  • Enlighten the public about lung cancer facts
  • Dispel stigma and increase compassion for those impacted by lung cancer

Our Goals

Our goals are to help unite the lung cancer community.

Lung cancer advocates are incredibly passionate and spirited. Most people are shocked to learn about the travesties—stigma, lack of funding, low survival rate—until they or their loved one experiences it firsthand.

Lung cancer does not discriminate. Lung cancer advocates are liberals, conservatives, fishermen, knitters, attorneys, construction workers, painters, writers, artists, performers, doctors, wealthy, poor, old, young, African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, married, single, divorced, engaged, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, grandparents, Christians, Jews, atheists, Islamic, Hindus. Lung cancer kills people from every walk of life, race, political belief, religion, and social status.


Join Us

Our common enemy is lung cancer. But there is strength in numbers, especially when we have a united voice. Join us in this battle against lung cancer.

Our Tax ID Number is 27-1915648.

Live Long & Prosper!

LiveLung Team