About Us

Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s Mission

LCFA’s mission is the improvement in survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science.

While raising funds to support lung cancer research, LCFA will raise the public’s awareness and serve as a resource for patients or anyone seeking answers, hope, and access to updated treatment information, scientific investigation, and clinical trials.

The History of Lung Cancer Foundation of America

On March 20, 2007, LCFA began its journey with an investment of time, passion and hope. In the intervening years, it has flourished, devoting its time and resources almost exclusively to lung cancer research.

Its founders – a management consultant whose husband died from lung cancer; a young nurse diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer; and, an attorney who had also been diagnosed with lung cancer – came together to make this commitment a reality.

About LCFA’s Involvement in Lung Cancer Research

Scroll around to see the impact of research breakthroughs, legislative milestones, and LCFA’s involvement in lung cancer research over the years.

  • Jan
      11, 1964

    January 11, 1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Report on Smoking Released

    A New Focus on Cigarette Smoking The Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service issues a report stating that cigarette smoking is an important health hazard in the United States. In addition, the report present by Luther L....

  • Dec
      23, 1971

    December 23, 1971 - The National Cancer Act is signed

    On December 23, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon signs the National Cancer Act This act authorized the NCI Director to: coordinate all activities of the National Cancer Program established national cancer research centers and established national cancer control programs Excerpts...

  • Jan
      1, 1986
    photo of young girl holding a no smoking sign

    January 1, 1986 - 2nd Hand Smoke Recognized as a Lung Cancer Risk

    2nd hand smoke, or passive smoking, is formally declared a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. As a result, a number of cities around the world start to ban indoor smoking in the years that follow....

January 11, 1964December 23, 1971January 1, 1986

Research is imperative to improve treatment and management of all diseases and that’s particularly true of lung cancer. It’s creation of new knowledge, it’s discovery. It’s how we learn how to improve management of symptoms, to improve survival.

~Dr. David Johnson

LCFA Founders’ Commitment to Lung Cancer Research

Although their life experiences vary greatly, the three of them came to the same realization—the poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. Their stories, not unique to people affected by lung cancer, brought them together to create LCFA. 

LCFA’s Founders Lori, David and Kim immersed themselves in the lung cancer research community because they could see that the advances in research is the key to improving the survival rate for lung cancer patients.

About Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s Fundraising: Where the Donations Go

LCFA has raised more than $8,000,000 for lung cancer awareness and research programs. Guided by their Scientific Advisory Board, every year there are more education programs and research grants in our pipeline.

LCFA has been instrumental in developing a continuing public dialogue. Through annual media campaigns, LCFA has been dedicated to education and research – the route to the early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and, hopefully, the cure.