Lung Cancer Survivors, Researchers and Advocates Unite to Launch Awareness Campaign

Lung Cancer Awareness Month started with a bang at the Press Conference and Panel Discussions in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club. Two panels of renowned lung cancer experts and advocates discussed scientific breakthroughs, research funding and advocacy activities.

“We celebrate these achievements,” says lung cancer survivor and patient advocate Dusty Donaldson, co-chair of the Lung Cancer Action Network (LungCAN); “however, we cannot rest on our laurels. Lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer—claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In light of the fact that lung cancer is the least funded of all major cancers makes this situation a national—and international—travesty.”

Panelists covered scientific progress in lung cancer, legislative initiatives, changing hearts and minds about lung cancer, radon legislation, research advances and hope for lung cancer patients. Moderated by Donaldson, Panelists included the following:

  • Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President & CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance
  • Paul Billings, Senior VP of Advocacy, American Lung Association
  • John FP Bridges, PhD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Melissa Culligan, RN, MS, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Research, Chair, International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum
  • Andrea Ferris, CEO, LUNGevity
  • Dr. Fred Hirsch, MD; CEO, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Kyle Hoylman, President, Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR)
  • Jennifer King, PhD, Director of Science and Research, Lung Cancer Alliance
  • K Latzka, Survivor & Advocate – Co-Organizer of Life & Breath Rally
  • David LeDuc, CEO, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Montessa Lee, Survivor and Advocate
  • Jackie Nixon, Survivor and Advocate

“We want the public to understand that anyone can get lung cancer,” says Donaldson. “Today’s event helped diminish lung cancer’s stimaga and inspire hope.”


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