Other Nonprofit Organizations

American Lung Association

Mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Based: Chicago, Illinois

• Online resources with extensive information about lung diseases
• Patient support resources, such as help finding a clinical trial
• Information and tools to help quit smoking

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Advocate for legislative policy to improve lung health
• Participate in a LungForce Walk

Website: www.lung.org
Contact: info@lung.org

LiveLung Lowdown: It has been really exciting seeing ALA bring lung cancer to the forefront of lung issues recently with its Lung Force campaign! The Lung Force movement is raising awareness in positive and exciting ways. We can’t wait to see what’s next!


Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Mission: The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s mission is to increase survival. The foundation’s commitment to patients is to collaborate and partner with leaders in oncology, technology, science, medicine and philanthropy to make lung cancer a chronically managed disease within 10 years.

Based: San Carlos, CA

• Lung Cancer Living Room – monthly video-streamed forum featuring guest speakers, research advancements, and more
• Navigating Lung Cancer 360 degrees of Hope – smartphone app
• Navigating Lung Cancer Patient Handbook (free download)

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Jog for Jill – organized by college students across the nation
• Be a LUNGCANSWER phone friend
• Volunteer or participate in an event

Website: www.lungcancerfoundation.org
Contact: danielle@lungcancerfoundation.org

LiveLung Lowdown: Bonnie Addario is truly one of a kind. Since she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, Bonnie and her team have raised more than $15 million for lung cancer research, patient support and awareness. Bonnie’s family members are very involved with the organization. Everyone at the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation have generous and collaborative spirits. We are enthusiastic about the work ALCF is doing, and honored to call Bonnie and her entire team our friends.



Mission: Provide free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer.

Based: New York, NY

• Counseling
• Support Groups
• Workshops and Downloadable Publications
• Financial Assistance

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Participate in or organize a CancerCare event

Website: www.cancercare.org
Contact: info@cancercare.org | 800-813-HOPE (4673).

LiveLung Lowdown: CancerCare is one of the few nonprofit organizations that actually provide financial assistance to lung cancer patients, when funding is available. To apply for financial help, call the CancerCare toll-free number listed above.


Cancer Support Community

Mission: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Based: Washington, DC

• Cancer Support Helpline
• Support on the Go
• Group Loop
• Cancer Transitions
• Create your own blog tools

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website: www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Contact: help@cancersupportcommunity.org


CanSAR (Cancer Survivors Against Radon)

Mission: Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) is dedicated to preventing radon-induced lung cancer and saving lives through effective education, outreach and advocacy.

Based: Fletcher, NC

• Free radon test kit for those diagnosed with lung cancer
• Collection of radon-induced lung cancer survivor stories
• Letter to Physicians about radon-induced lung cancer

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Share your Survivor Story and help put a face on radon
• Iron Turtle Triathlon (wherever you live!)

Website: www.cansar.org
Contact: www.cansar.org/cansar-registry/contact

LiveLung Lowdown: CanSAR has done an excellent job of bringing radon-induced lung cancer into public awareness. If you think that lung cancer is a smokers’ disease, visiting CanSAR’s Faces of Lung Cancer page will be an eye-opening experience. Each day they feature a story about someone fighting radon-induced lung cancer. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, CanSAR will send you a free radon test kit, no strings attached. It may very well save the life of someone you love. CanSAR also advocates in DC for radon program funding. (We are huge fans of CanSAR’s world-trekking mascot, Radon Tee!)


Caring Ambassadors Program

Mission:  To help improve the lives of those affected by challenging health conditions through advocacy, information, and support.

Based: Oregon City, OR

• Online tools to empower patients, including news and information related to lung cancer
• Inspirational stories
• Educational Materials

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website: www.lungcancercap.org
Contact:  cindy@lungcancercap.org


Citizens For Radioactive Radon Reduction

Mission: Gathering, assisting, encouraging, and mentoring radon advocates in the understanding of increased lung cancer risk due to exposure of radioactive radon gas and engaging in sharing radon knowledge with society through all methods of communication in order to reduce radioactive radon exposure and help prevent radon-induced lung cancer is our mission.

• Advocating for public radon awareness
• Advocating for funding for state radon programs
• Empowering radon advocates to make a difference in their communities

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Writing Letters to Editors
• Speaking to legislators about radon

Website:  www.citizensforradioactiveradonreduction.org
Contact:  www.citizensforradioactiveradonreduction.org/contact-info


Dusty Joy Foundation (LiveLung)

Mission: Advancing lung cancer awareness, early detection and compassion for people touched by lung cancer.

Based: High Point, NC

• LiveLung Online Support Group
• LiveLung In-Person Support Groups
• Radon Test Kits
• Matching Funds for Screening
• LiveLung (lung cancer neighborhood website)

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Hero 5K
• Cupcakes for a Good Cause
• LiveLung Support Group Facilitators (Survivor Led)
• Online LiveLung Facilitators

Websites: www.DustyJoy.org  |  www.LiveLung.org
Contact: info@dustyjoy.org

LiveLung Lowdown: This lung cancer community website was developed as a public service by the Dusty Joy Foundation. We hope every person who visits this site will find at least one lung cancer nonprofit to support in whatever way works best for each individual.


Lung Cancer Action Network (LungCAN)

Mission: The Lung Cancer Action Network is an association comprising U.S.-based 501(C)(3) advocacy nonprofit organizations united to serve as a vehicle, filter, incubator for the exchange of ideas and information. LungCAN facilitates and enhances opportunities for collaboration with the focus on lung cancer.

• Patients’ Bill of Rights
• Position Letters Supporting Lung Cancer Issues/Community
• Social Media Awareness Campaigns
• Radon Awareness & Test Kits (when available)

Volunteer Opportunities:
• LungCAN encourages advocates to volunteer through one or more of its member organizations.

Website:  www.LungCAN.org
Contact:  info@lungcan.org

LiveLung Lowdown: LungCAN helps lung cancer nonprofit leaders collaborate on certain issues and campaigns. Members meet face-to-face annually and have monthly conference calls. We love being involved with these advocates and working on common goals!


LUNGevity Foundation

Mission: Committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease. quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease.

Based: Chicago and Bethesda, MD

• Survivor Resource Center
• Hope Summits – informative and inspirational conferences for anyone diagnosed with lung cancer
• LUNGevity LifeLine – one on one peer support program from someone who’s been there
• Advocacy Toolkit, Caregiver Resource Center, Stories of Hope and more

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Volunteer as a LifeLine partner
• Be a lung cancer advocate
• Share your story of hope
• Participate in a Breathe Deep event

Website: www.lungevity.org
Contact: info@lungevity.org

LiveLung Lowdown: If you have ever been diagnosed with lung cancer, you simply must make it a priority to attend a LUNGevity Hope Summit! These events are survivor-centric, and packed with speakers on timely and relevant topics, connecting with others, and celebrating you! LUNGevity is an energetic organization dedicated to stopping lung cancer. Also, Lungevity is a major funder of cutting-edge lung cancer research. We love the people that make this organization tick!


Free ME from Lung Cancer

Mission: To decrease the suffering caused by a diagnosis of lung cancer by raising much needed money for lung cancer research, education, and community support.

Based: Augusta, ME

• Information about lung cancer
• Links to other resources

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website:  www.freemefromlungcancer.org
Contact:  deb@freemefromlungcancer.org


Free to Breathe (formerly National Lung Cancer Partnership)

Mission: To ensure surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception.

Based: Madison, Wisconsin

• Patient education materials
• Lung cancer research

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Participate, organize or support a Free to Breathe event
• Attend the annual Lung Cancer Action Summit

Website: www.freetobreathe.org
Contact: info@freetobreathe.org


John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation

Mission: To provide scholarships to students who have lost a parent to lung cancer; to increase awareness of lung cancer in order to prevent the disease; to advocate for increased funding for lung cancer research.

Based: Gretna, Nebraska

• Scholarship awards for eligible high school seniors who have lost a parent to lung cancer

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website:  www.johnatkinsonfoundation.org
Contact:  info@johnatkinsonfoundation.org

LiveLung Lowdown: Another young husband, father, and brother lost to lung cancer, and a family reeling from the unexpected tragedy; it’s an all-too-familiar story. But instead of quietly grieving, the Atkinson family rallied and built a legacy of hope for students who have lost a parent to this disease.


Lung Cancer Alliance

Mission: Saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with or at risk for lung cancer.

Based: Washington, DC

• Lung Cancer HelpLine (800) 298-2436
• Lung Cancer Educational Materials
• Phone Buddy
• Guides Program (end of life peer support)
• LungLoveLink
• Support Groups
• Clinical Trial Matching Services

Volunteer Opportunities:
Phone Buddy; Shine a Light on Lung Cancer; Distribute PSA to media; share your story with media; share a CT scan; meet with representatives and senators to discuss lung cancer legislation and issues; Lung Cancer Awareness Month proclamation; Race for Breathe and other special events including 5K, golf or tennis tournament. Note: Lung Cancer Alliance offers talking points, guidelines and suggestions for speaking with media and government leaders about lung cancer.

Website: www.lungcanceralliance.org

Contact:  info@lungcanceralliance.org

LiveLung Lowdown:  We have collaborated with LCA for years, and we just can’t say enough good things about them! LCA has long been the leader in organizing folks who care about lung cancer into an instrument of legislative action on the Hill! They have educational resources to help empower individuals to become lung cancer advocates in their community. The people involved in LCA have a deep and driving passion for increasing lung cancer survival, and we have seen the results of their good work.


Lung Cancer Circle of Hope

Mission:  Educate the public and medical community about lung cancer; advocate on behalf of lung cancer patients, their families, and others at risk; influence public policy decisions related to lung cancer and promoting increased funding for lung cancer research.

Based: Lakewood, NJ

• Links to online resources

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website:  www.lungcancercircleofhope.org
Contact:  info@lungcancercircleofhope.org


Lung Cancer Foundation of America

Mission:  Dramatic improvement in survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science, with the ultimate goal of curing the disease.

Based: Los Angeles, CA

• Online information about lung cancer, targeted therapies, and more

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website: www.lcfamerica.org
Contact:  info@lcfamerica.org


Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina

Mission: To decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.

Based: Raleigh, NC

• Downloadable materials to share
• Gas Card program to ease financial burden for eligible patient treatment transportation expenses
• Lectures and speaker events

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Check website

Website:  www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org
Contact:  info@lungcancerinitiativenc.org


Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

Mission: Promote healthy lungs and fight lung disease through research, education, and advocacy activities.

Based: Chicago, IL

• Smoking Cessation programs
• Radon awareness resources
• Information about Clinical Trials

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Be an advocate
• Volunteer to support special events

Website:  www.lungchicago.org
Contact:  info@lungchicago.org


Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer

Mission:  To financially support efforts dedicated to eliminating lung cancer, improving detection methods and enhancing quality of life for lung cancer patients.

Based: Mansfield, TX

• College scholarships for students impacted by cancer
• Publications

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Host or volunteer at an event
• Help raise awareness

Website:  www.rexannasfoundation.org
Contact: lisa.rexannasfoundation@yahoo.com


Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Mission:  Funding innovative research and raising awareness to find a cure for lung cancer.

Based: New York, NY

• Online kNOw Lung Cancer information and fact sheets
• Annual Joanie Award honoring news organizations that raise awareness about lung cancer

Volunteer Opportunities:
• Host or support a local UALC event
• Run a race in your area

Website:  www.unitingagainstlungcancer.org
Contact:  mail@unitingagainstlungcancer.org


Upstage Lung Cancer

Mission: Supporting the fight against lung cancer by raising awareness of lung cancer and supporting research for early detection and innovative treatments. Music and musical theater entertainment is our means to raise funds to accomplish our mission.

Based: Boston

• Breathe In! Sing Out! – Using music to fight lung cancer
• Concert and musical theater events to raise money for lung cancer research
• Annual Awards honoring leaders in the fight against lung cancer

Volunteer Opportunities:
• See website

Website:  www.upstagelungcancer.org
Contact:  info@upstagelungcancer.org

LiveLung Lowdown:  Hildy and troupe are top-notch performers who have found a way to weave their passion and their purpose. Using performing arts to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer is like music to our ears!

Do you really want to help? If so, we really need you.