Lung Cancer Foundation of America Lung Cancer Hero Stories

The stories of the people on this page are stories of courage, stories of love, stories of heroic struggle.

Celebrate with us the stories of these brave Lung Cancer Heroes. While they are not here to tell their stories themselves, these Heroes inspire us and motivate us to keep fighting this disease every day and in every way.

Please submit your heroes story to LCFA@LCFAmerica.org and let us celebrate them on the LCFA website.

Erik Hidalgo

As Told By His parents, Terry and Frank

Erik Hidalgo was just 24 years old when lung cancer took his life, six days before his first wedding anniversary.   Erik was a non-smoker. Highly motivated to succeed, Erik attended college while working nearly full time, ultimately earnin…

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Roy Spiegel
Los Angeles,CA

As Told By His Wife, LCFA President Kim Norris

I didn’t grow up thinking, “Oh, someday I want to start a lung cancer research foundation!” But life has a funny way of throwing you unexpected curve balls that can change the best-laid plans in a nanosecond. I am Kim Norris and I am t…

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Connie Defalco-Blanchette

As Told By Her Sister, Jane Ayres

On the December 3, 2011 morning that lung cancer took my beautiful sister, Connie Defalco-Blanchette, she had planned to watch a movie that day with her son Jason, who had driven hours to be with her. In her mind, death was not a possibility th…

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Lynda Roth
Laguna Beach,CA

As Told By Her Partner, Lisa Richter

Born in a rural town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lynda began studying music at the age of seven and performed in choirs from age eight.  Her professional career began at 21, the summer before she graduated from Brandeis University.  …

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Desiree's Uncle Jerry
Cherokee County,SC

As Told By Desiree Eubanks

When you first hear “Cancer” most people automatically think of breast cancer because we have a whole month dedicated to it and everyone and everything is pink, but what about all the other types of cancer? What about their month and the…

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Lori Monroe
Bowling Green,KY

As Told By The LCFA Board of Directors

LCFA mourns the passing of our co-founder Lori Monroe. Sometimes the impact of a single life is far deeper than a whole lifetime. And sometimes a lifetime is too short. In the case of Lori Monroe, both are true. A tireless and selfless advoc…

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Jean and Perla Warren
Gold River,CA

As Told By Their Daughter, Marie Fournier

On March 5th, 2010, four weeks before my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary, we received devastating news that my mother was in stage four of lung cancer.  Our little family was broken.  A strong family unit of my parents, my sister, myself…

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Todd Hoffman

As Told By His Wife, Lisa

My husband Todd, had been a smoker since he was about 18 years old. He was the owner of his own Excavating Company and got along well with all his fellow competitors, as they always helped each other out. He enjoyed playing Texas Hold ‘em…

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Kathryn Lofgren Ericksen Bunnell

As Told By Her Son, Andrew Ericksen

Karyn Sue Lofgren Ericksen Bunnell passed away on Oct. 31, 2014, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Karyn was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Duluth, MN, the oldest child of William W. Lofgren and Nathalie Jane Quick. She enjoyed an idyllic childhoo…

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Paul Bodner
Las Vegas,NV

As Told By His Own Words

LIVING WITH LEMONADE! I had just played one of my best golf games in many years! But the pain in my hip had become so intense, that my golf partner said, “Hey Paulie, you really should have that checked out – I’m starting to feel bad tak…

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Jim Lamp

As Told By His Own Words

My name is Jim Lamp & I have served 6 years in the Navy most on a Fast Attack nuclear submarine & 28 years working at a nuclear power plant, most recently as a Shift Forman in California.  I was born November 1960, 53 years ago.  …

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Jacqueline Gillis

As Told By Her "Second Son" Matt

Jacqueline’s entire life was preparing her for this chapter in her story, a chapter of learning for her and for her to teach others how to be a phenomenal human being, this chapter started in late November of 2013. After working for nearly fo…

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Nancy Huhn

As Told By Nancy, herself

Nancy's battle with lung cancer ended in December, 2015.  Here is her story in her own words: My name is Nancy Huhn. My cancer diagnosis was five years ago, October 16. However, the medical story begins probably 3-4 years prior when I s…

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Alex Hanan
Los Angeles,CA

As Told By Lung Cancer Foundation of America

Alex Hanan and What We’re Learning about Lung Cancer in Young Adults Alex Hanan was in his early 40s; a non-smoking, healthy young man, who exercised regularly, ate relatively well, and had a great group of truly dedicated friends. It was a…

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Dave Miller

As Told By Julie Levinson

LCFA is saddened by the loss of Dave Miller, who passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2019, at the age of 50. Dave will always be known for his positive attitude and his great sense of humor. We were fortunate that he shared his story of humor a…

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She would want us to educate people on how to take better care of themselves and how having a disease like Lung Cancer is not just a sad part of your story, but how it gives you a platform to help educate others.
Jacqueline Gillis' "second son" Matt