LUNGevity Foundation Announces Third Annual Lung Cancer Caregiver Contest

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Winner to receive one week stay at Cricket House in historic Gettysburg, PA

WASHINGTON (November 15, 2012) – LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit, announces its third annual lung cancer Caregiver Contest. The contest kicks off during Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November, and ends December 31, 2012. The winner of LUNGevity’s Caregiver Contest will be announced in February of 2013.  The winner will receive travel and a one-week stay for two at Cricket House in historic Gettysburg, PA, owned by Debi Gemmell.  Gemmell was a caregiver for her husband, Chris, who passed away of lung cancer in 2009, and she is an active lung cancer advocate who seeks out ways to help support the lung cancer community.

“LUNGevity recognizes the difficulty and hardships that lung cancer caregivers sometimes face and are thrilled to be able to partner with Debi Gemmell, owner and operator of Cricket House, to offer this prize to one incredible caregiver each year” says Katie Brown, Director of Support and Advocacy for LUNGevity Foundation.  “The caregiver is often the unsung hero in the lung cancer journey and we are honored to be able to recognize such incredible people.”

In addition to funding impactful science, LUNGevity is committed to supporting the needs of the lung cancer patient, survivor and caregiver with peer-to-peer support through its Lung Cancer Support Community online message boards and LifeLine phone buddy program, as well as educational, webinars and an online Caregiver Resource Center.  To learn more about these services and the LUNGevity Caregiver Contest and to nominate a caregiver, please visit www.LUNGevity.org/caregiver.

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. It does so by supporting critical research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer, as well as by providing information, resources and a support community to patients and caregivers.  

LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.

For more information about the grants or LUNGevity Foundation, 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 dramatically