These patients are inviting you into their lives and asking for your help. They share with you their deepest fears and biggest challenges. They walk you thru their cancer journeys and somewhere between the beginning and the middle of their story, if you’re any good at what you do, you begin to care- a lot.
At LUNGevity, there are many points of contact between our staff and the national and local communities we serve.
A person can join the LUNGevity community by attending a regional or national HOPE Summit, attends or volunteers at a Breathe Deep event, request support through our LifeLine Program, gets referred to us or simply finds us online. People chat with us via phone, email or over social networks. We get to know them and their families and they get to know us. They become a part of our family. Every person we come into contact with makes a mark on our hearts and in our lives. So when someone passes away, we grieve too.
Something as simple as an unanswered or bounced email makes us catch our breath. Has that person passed away?
It has been an extremely difficult month for us at LUNGevity with the passing of people we have grown close to and care a great deal about.
While we are working hard to impact the lives of those with lung cancer live better with the disease, they are changing and impacting our lives as well.
My team and I connect with patients and families through our support and survivorship programs, outreach and online presence.
I am dedicating this blog in memory of those HOPE Summit Alumni we've loved and lost over the past 5 years, who have made a mark on my heart.
We will continue to move forward and be the voice for those who no longer have one. Through continued funding of cutting edge research, education and support for people impacted by lung cancer- there is hope that there will be a day that no one dies of lung cancer.