Lung Cancer Survivors From Across the Nation Gather To Share, Hope and Heal at
LUNGevity's Third Annual Hope Summit
Nation's largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit provides unique forum in May,
Lung Cancer Hope Month
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --LUNGevity Foundation,
the nation's largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit, is gathering nearly 100
lung cancer survivors and caregivers nationwide for the 2013 LUNGevity Hope
Summit, May 3-5, 2013 in Arlington, Va. The conference, taking place during
Lung Cancer Hope Month, is designed for lung cancer survivors of all ages and
stages of disease, currently in or out of treatment. The summit provides an
opportunity for participants to celebrate lung cancer survivorship, and gives
survivors the opportunity to learn, collaborate, advocate and use their voices
and stories to make a difference in the fight against lung cancer.It is the
only event of its kind for the lung cancer community.
The 2013 Hope Summit will include inspirational speakers, medical expert
forums, advocacy forums, lung cancer survivor-specific sessions and
opportunities for lung cancer survivors to share and connect with other
survivors. There will be sessions for survivors in active treatment and for
those out of treatment to address their specific needs.
"LUNGevity is pleased to provide a meaningful forum for lung cancer patients
to come together, share, hope and heal," said LUNGevity Foundation President
Andrea Stern Ferris. "In addition to funding lung cancer research, gathering,
supporting and empowering the lung cancer community is an important part of
what we do. We founded Hope Month because there is hope in the fight against
lung cancer, and it's important to help spread that message across the nation.
The survivors attending our Summit exemplify the new hope for lung cancer
Featured speakers/participants include:
oWorld renowned lung cancer expert Dr. David Carbone, a cancer survivor
himself. Carbone is director of the James Thoracic Center at Ohio State
University and a LUNGevity Science Board Member.
oSusan Bratton, New York City, N.Y., Founder and CEO Meals to Heals,
offering home delivery of healthy, nutritious meals that are customized
forcancer patients' specific nutritional needs. Bratton founded the
company after noticing the nutrition and appetite issues experienced
byfriends and family with cancer.Read more here.
oFormer minor league baseball player Darrell "Doc" Rodgers, 50, Cincinnati,
Ohio, a non-smoker who was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung
cancer in 2010, and after intensive chemotherapy, is cancer free. Rodgers
hosts a sports radio show and shares his battle with lung cancer to give
others hope and inspiration. Read more here.
oMatt Ellefson, 51, Sioux Falls, S.D., diagnosed with advanced non-small
cell lung cancer in 2009. As a never smoker living a healthy lifestyle, he
was shocked by his diagnosis. Currently being treated with targeted
therapy, Ellefson credits his current good health to his strong faith in
God, the wisdom of his doctors,a healthy and fit lifestyle (he runs half
marathons), and the peace that comes with helping others. Ellefson
volunteers with LUNGevity to help others affected by lung cancer. Watch
his story here.
oAnne Gallagher, 36, Eugene, Ore., a never smoker, after feeling sick for
five years, was diagnosed at age 25 with a rare lung cancer tumor called
neuroendocrine cancer. Post surgery, monthly hormone injections slow the
tumor growth and make her feel better. In addition to managing her own
cancer, Gallagher serves as a lung cancer advocate and spokesperson to
make a difference in the lung cancer community.
Inspirational lung cancer survivors attending the summit include people such
as Don Stranathan, 60, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Penny Blume, 50, Sullivan
County, N.Y. The couple, who both have lung cancer, met through an online
medical community, after Strananthan responded to a question that Blume had
posted. After her lung cancer diagnosis, Blume's fiancée had called off the
engagement. Stranathan's relationship with his girlfriend fell apart after she
learned he had lung cancer. The couple travels to see one another and support
each other through their cancer.
oTo view the Hope Summit agenda and more participants, click here.
LUNGevity conceived of the May Hope Month to celebrate the promise of lung
cancer research that is giving the community hope for better treatments,
improving lung cancer survival rates and ensuring a higher quality of life for
lung cancer patients and their loved ones. The foundation is hosting many
events in May to spread the message of hope and raise funds for critical
The foundation offers many resources to the lung cancer community including
the Lung Cancer Support Community, the largest dedicated social network
providing support to anyone touched by lung cancer. As part of the online
resources it offers, LUNGevity recently launched its Survivor Resource Center
to support survivors at any stage of their lung cancer journey. The foundation
also has a Caregiver Resource Center, which offers emotional support,
practical advice and patient advocacy advice, and other services for
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oSupporters can help spread the May Lung Cancer Hope Month message widely
by using the hashtags #HOPE2013 and #LCHOPE, and sharing LUNGevity's
social media content widely with their networks.
Sponsors of the Hope Summit include Genentech, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Eli
Lilly and Company, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cancer Treatment Centers of
America and Morphotek Inc.
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
LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.
For more information, please visit www.lungevity.org.
About Lung Cancer
o1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
oLung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or
oLung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more
than three times as many men as prostate cancer
oAbout 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never
smoked or are former smokers
oOnly 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%
SOURCE LUNGevity Foundation
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