FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2012) — LUNGevity Foundation is pleased to announce a new referral agreement with the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Navigation Services. Under the agreement those seeking lung cancer-specific support from LIVESTRONG will be directed to LUNGevity Foundation as a resource. LUNGevity will also refer patients who would benefit from the organization’s resources to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and will list the Foundation as a resource on their Caregiver Resource Center. The agreement reflects both organizations’ spirit of cooperation in best helping cancer survivors. LIVESTRONG recognizes LUNGevity’s unique role in the lung cancer community as a premiere resource, and LUNGevity is pleased to be able to reach even more people impacted by the disease through LIVESTRONG, and direct individuals seeking relevant help to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Founded in 2001, LUNGevity funds research for the earlier detection and more effective treatment of lung cancer. The Foundation also creates community and connects people affected by lung cancer with other patients/survivors, caregivers and medical experts to get the information and support they need, as well as offering information and referrals to other organizations. Resources LUNGevity provides include the largest lung cancer-specific online support community; LifeLine, a telephone/email buddy program; the Caregiver Resource Center; an extensive online blog; Ask the Experts, providing experts at visitors fingertips; a clinical trials matching service; and LUNGevity LinkUP for those interested in becoming advocates. With over 60 locally-based events every year, LUNGevity has the largest grassroots lung cancer network in the nation.
“LUNGevity is very pleased to announce our referral relationship with the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Navigation Services,” said LUNGevity Foundation President Andrea Stern Ferris. “Both of our Foundations share the same passion and commitment to helping cancer survivors. Through this collaboration, LIVESTRONG can better serve those impacted by lung cancer and LUNGevity can reach more people who need our help.”
The Lance Armstrong Foundation acts a resource for the cancer community, and aims to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors by encouraging collaboration, knowledge-sharing and partnership.
About LUNGevity Foundation
The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer.
Through the support of critical research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer, as well as providing information, resources and a community to patients and caregivers, LUNGevity is creating and sharing hope for cures, treatments and enhanced quality of life for lung cancer patients.
LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.
For more information, please visit www.lungevity.org.
About Lung Cancer
• 1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
• Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity
• Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer
• About 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
• Only 16% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves to 52%