I lost my wife, Sheila, to lung cancer 15 months after we got married. She never smoked...a very common assumption, however. Sheila is the reason I got actively involved with the organization as the Co-Director for the California Chapter and subsequently on the National Advocate Advisory Council.
Because of the stigma associated with lung cancer, it's not well-known that lung cancer is the 2nd leading cause of ALL deaths. And most are surprised to learn that it's the leading cause of cancer death among women. Most believe it's breast cancer. However, since 1987, lung cancer overtook breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. It takes more women than breast, cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers COMBINED. (https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/lungb.html)
Women make up two-thirds of never smokers that are diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Lung Cancer Alliance serves those living with, and at risk, for lung cancer to reduce the stigma, improve their quality of life and increase the survival rate. They do that by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
With an 85% mortality rate, the vision is to triple the number of survivors in the next decade.
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Disasters Are Our Business...Veterans Are Our Passion
Founded in January 2010 by U.S. Marine veterans in response to the earthquake in Haiti, the TRibe has grown to 80,000 volunteers - 70% are veterans, 10% are first responders and 10% are civilians. We have also responded to 275+ operations, globally, in communities devastated by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
As a Vietnam-era veteran with the U.S. Air Force, I'm a proud GreyShirt member of Team Rubicon and recently served as the Operations Section Chief for Operation White Sage, in response to the Alpine Wildfire in California, and hurricane support with Operation Amberjack in Panama City, Florida.
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