Diana Aldecoa is the Director of Grassroots Events for LUNGevity Foundation.
In October 2006, Diana lost her mother to lung cancer. While her mother was sick, Diana looked for support groups and information on lung cancer, but was disappointed in the lack of information and support available. She wanted to educate people that there are many people suffering from lung cancer, none of whom deserve the disease.
In 2007, Diana sought a way to memorialize her mother and help others with lung cancer. In October, she hosted the Kathryn Fusco Memorial Dinner Benefit and Silent Auction in her hometown of Westfield, New Jersey, with the proceeds benefitting LUNGevity. The event was a huge success, raising over $85,000. Diana co-chaired the annual NYC Walk to Beat Lung Cancer in 2008 and 2009, where the number of participants increased to 860 from 150 the first year; combined, the walks have raised $281,000.
Diana joined LUNGevity's Board of Directors in November of 2008 and served as Secretary and Chair of the Development Committee. In August of 2010, Diana helped found the Community Leadership Board.
Diana graduated from Fairfield University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing. Diana resides in New York City, where she enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring neighborhoods. She also enjoys traveling and skiing to escape the hustle and bustle of New York.