The Kankakee Area Jaycees is teaming up with Lungevity to change the outcome for people with lung cancer through research, education, and support. On June 22, 2019, we’ll be hosting a 5k run/walk to raise funds for this cause.
Our very own Diane Spry is battling lung cancer. Diagnosed with stage three non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer in 2014 at the age of 30; the type of lung cancer she has is driven by a mutation in the cells and is considered rare. She’s undergone treatments that last almost 5 years including chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, targeted therapy and two clinical trials. Diane currently takes a pill every day and gets a CT scan every 10 weeks. She’s committed to lung cancer awareness in young adults and often is heard saying “anyone with lungs can get lung cancer”.
LUNGevity is changing outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, and support.
We are dedicated to funding scientific research because the link between research spending and improved survival is clear. Our strategic investment in both early detection and therapeutics will help people live better with lung cancer and dramatically improve on the current 18% five-year survival rate.
LUNGevity initiatives position us as thought leaders in the lung cancer advocacy community, providing programs and driving change for those with lung cancer today and in the future. While we fund primary research, we also conduct patient-focused research to better understand their unmet needs and convene multi-stakeholder meetings to streamline the research process and accelerate progress to patients.
LUNGevity seeks to empower patients to be active decision makers in their treatment process through our extensive educational resources, online peer-to-peer support, and in-person survivorship programs.
We provide a community of empowerment, support, and hope as well as more than 80 grassroots awareness and fundraising events held from coast to coast each year.