Learn more about Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and is the nation’s primary cancer killer and yet is largely ignored by many Americans and public officials alike. The disease accounts for one in three cancer deaths overall and will kill more people this year than breast, prostate, colon liver, kidney and melanoma cancers, combined. As a public health funding priority, lung cancer remains woefully under-funded.

Nearly 220,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Many will die within a year of their diagnosis. Tragically, four out of five people diagnosed die within five years. John’s vision for the work that lay ahead recognized the stigma that lung cancer is a smoker’s disease even though over 60 percent of new cases are those who have never smoked or are former smokers who quit decades earlier. Our foundation is determined to change that misconception while providing scholarships to children who have lost a parent to lung cancer.

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