MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Ida Stern
CHICAGO (August 18, 2010) – In order to connect with its tens of thousands of advocates nationwide, LUNGevity Foundation announced today that it has formed Community Relations Boards (CRB) in key markets across the country. The CRB will be responsible for supporting LUNGevity’s 40+ annual national events.
LUNGevity Foundation, whose mission is to have a meaningful and immediate 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, was named fastest growing charity in the US in 2009 by Charity Navigator. The foundation’s phenomenal growth has been driven by its national events program.
“Our new Community Relations Board initiative enlists long-time LUNGevity advocates to provide a connection between the foundation, which is based in Chicago, and our volunteer event coordinators across the country,” said Diana Fusco, chair of the CRB program. “We will provide a conduit from the organization to our local constituents, and from our local constituents back to the foundation, with the aim of disseminating information, developing best practices, and encouraging cohesion among our tens of thousands of national constituents.”
In addition to Ms. Fusco, the inaugural CRB regional directors include:
The CRB is divided into four regions, each of which will have two directors who will manage a local committee of individuals enlisted as liaisons to event coordinators and their constituents, which include lung cancer patients and their loved ones, medical personnel and institutions, event volunteers and participants, donors and sponsors, and the media.
“The Community Relations Board represents a huge step in the evolution of our foundation,” said Beth Ida Stern, Executive Director. “As we’ve seen with the reduction in mortality rates that breast cancer has achieved, a strong grassroots advocate community is critical for raising awareness and funding for lung cancer. The CRB will allow us to form even stronger connections with our advocates across the country.”
About LUNGevity Foundation
LUNGevity Foundation was the nation’s fastest growing charity in 2009, according to Charity Navigator. Its mission is to have a meaningful and immediate 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. In order to accomplish its mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer as identified by its Scientific Advisory Board. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network through its national events program. For more information, please visit www.lungevity.org.
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About Diana Fusco
Diana Fusco has been a volunteer with LUNGevity Foundation for four years, having lost her mother to the disease in October of 2006, seven months after being diagnosed. In 2007, Diana coordinated a dinner and silent auction in memory of her mother, and raised more than $80,000 for LUNGevity. In 2008 and 2009, Diana was the event coordinator for LUNGevity’s New York Walk to Beat Lung Cancer, which raised more than $300,000. In 2009, Diana joined the board of directors of LUNGevity, and became a member of its Executive Committee as its Secretary. After LUNGevity merged with another lung cancer organization, Protect Your Lungs, in 2010, Diana became the chair of its Community Relations Board. She lives in New York City, where she is the Conference Service Manager at Jumeirah Essex House.
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