SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is proud to receive a Resolution from Assemblyman Richard Pan today, honoring its efforts to raise awareness and funding for the nation’s number one cancer killer.
“We are so grateful to Assemblyman Pan for recognizing us today,” said Bonnie J. Addario, lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. “We are at a watershed moment in our fight to beat lung cancer, and we truly believe we can make it a survivable, chronically managed disease in the next 10 years.”
Like millions of Americans, Assemblyman Pan has been affected by lung cancer. His father, a never smoker, passed away in 1991 to the disease.
“The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has led the fight against lung cancer for nearly a decade and they continue to empower families through education and advocacy efforts like Lung Cancer Awareness Month,” Dr. Pan said. “As a physician and Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, I also want to thank the Foundation for funding important research that will save lives and improve survival rates for more than 220,000 Americans diagnosed with this deadly disease every year.”
This Resolution recognizing Lung Cancer Awareness Month couldn’t come at a more important time. In 2013 alone, an estimated 228,190 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. And the American Cancer Society estimates 159,480 Americans will die from the disease this year.
The facts about lung cancer cannot continue to go unnoticed:
- Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined and it accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths.
- It is the leading cancer killer in every ethnic group, and since 1987 lung cancer has killed more women every year than breast cancer.
- Yet the five-year survival rate for lung cancer is only 15.9 percent, and it has changed little in the past 40 years.
- This staggering loss of life has gone unnoticed too long, and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is on a mission to change that.
- The ALCF funds clinical research that leads to life-saving discoveries and treatments and provides critical support services and educational programs to empower patients, power progress and create hope.
About The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research and patient services.