Lung Cancer Canada is a national charitable organization that serves as Canada’s leading resource for lung cancer education, patient support, research, and advocacy. Based in Toronto, Lung Cancer Canada has a wide reach that includes both regional and pan-Canadian initiatives. Lung Cancer Canada is a member of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and is the only organization in Canada focused exclusively on lung cancer.
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Yee Ung (a radiation oncologist), Magdalene Winterhoff (an oncology social worker), and Ralph Gouda (who lost his wife to lung cancer), Lung Cancer Canada includes an active board of directors and volunteer base, lung cancer nurses’ network, and a distinguished medical advisory network made up of medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and respirologists focused on lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Canada was founded as a response to the observation that lung cancer’s broad scope and devastating impact too often go unrecognized among Canadians. Historically lung cancer has received scant public attention in Canada, despite the fact that lung cancer is the nation’s number one cancer killer and will afflict one out of every twelve Canadians over the course of a lifetime. The attention paid to lung cancer is scarce in part because of its low survival rate, which drastically diminishes the voice of those affected, and in part because of the relationship between lung cancer and smoking, which has unfairly stigmatized lung cancer patients. But Canadians cannot afford to keep ignoring this deadly disease.
We are Canada’s only non-profit, charitable organization focusing exclusively on lung cancer. Lung Cancer Canada’s mission is three-fold: 1) to increase public awareness of lung cancer, 2) to support and advocate for lung cancer patients and their families, and 3) to provide educational resources to patients, family members, healthcare professionals, and the general public.
To help achieve our mission, Lung Cancer Canada has just launched a national lung cancer awareness campaign to coincide with this November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month. By elevating lung cancer’s public profile, announcing the results of our recent public opinion survey on lung cancer perceptions among Canadians, and educating Canadians about the toll lung cancer is taking, we hope to jumpstart a serious national conversation about lung cancer.
- The Fundraising Complex
- “It was almost like you have to say, ‘By the way, it wasn’t his fault that he got this disease.’” - Maria Amaral
Lung is the deadliest cancer, accounting for one-quarter of cancer deaths by killing 20,000 Canadians each year — more than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined. But it doesn’t get a run for a cure or a dedicated day when professional athletes wear dedicated colours to raise awareness.
Yet when it comes to Canadian research funding the numbers are flipped. Lung cancer receives about six per cent, while breast cancer gets more than a quarter of dollars raised.
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- Volunteer Week
- Lung Cancer Canada is celebrating Volunteer Week by thanking Canada’s 12.7 million #volunteers! We've had the pleasure of working with many GREAT volunteers who give up their time to help support lung cancer patients, their families and promote lung cancer awareness. For that we say THANK YOU!!
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