bonnie-gala-2010Our mission is PERSONAL
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susie12-1843Our mission is to INCREASE SURVIVAL

Patients fighting Lung Cancer today and those who will be diagnosed tomorrow are at the heart of our mission. Driven by the knowledge that Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer worldwide annually, our imperative is to dramatically increase patient survival rate.

“Empowered patients live longer. Our message is simple… we want to live.”
– Bonnie J. Addario

Because we are patient founded, focused and funded, we know how to answer their questions and support their immediate and long-term needs. To this end, we fund clinical research and provide patient programs, give patients hope and ensure that their voices are heard in advocating for changes to transform Lung Cancer into a manageable, chronic disease and ultimately, a curable disease.

Two words tell our mission: INCREASE SURVIVAL.

Our ultimate goal is to be the global leader fighting Lung Cancer and the largest source of non-profit funding dedicated to turning Lung Cancer into a manageable, chronic disease and ultimately, a curable disease.

Our mission is personal. Arising from the experience of our founder, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation will always be patient focused, funded and driven. We believe that patients, individually and collectively, hold the key to our mission’s success.

Our mission is urgent. We are in a hurry to increase the Lung Cancer patient survival rate, stagnant and inexcusably low (15.5%) for too long due to the stigma of Lung Cancer as a smoker’s disease. FACT: Nearly 80% of newly diagnosed patients either quit smoking decades ago or never smoked.

Our mission to extend and enhance the lives of patients and families affected by Lung Cancer requires raising funds for research and awareness that Lung Cancer is the world’s number one cancer killer.

our Goal

Our foundation’s commitment to our patients is to collaborate and partner with the leaders in oncology, technology, science, medicine and philanthropy to make Lung Cancer a chronically managed disease.

We believe that personalized medicine is the gateway to success and we will power progress by involving patients, donors, clinicians, pharma, biotech, payers, government and public and private enterprise.

We are in it until we finish it!

Our Message


Anyone can get Lung Cancer.

The disease has no one face; its story is told through the lives of the 1.6 million people diagnosed worldwide annually. Joe DiMaggio, Yul Brynner, Gypsy Rose Lee, Nat “King” Cole, Beverly Sills — the list goes on. You probably recognize these names, but did you know that they all had Lung Cancer?

Name, age, gender and race make no difference because Lung Cancer doesn’t discriminate. If you are Jill Costello (age 22, vibrant student/athlete), Zheng Cao (world-renowned opera singer) or Dr. Fred Marcus (oncologist and doctor to many), the diagnosis is the same and the future is frightening and uncertain.

But if you are Bonnie J. Addario (age 57, business executive), diagnosis becomes a catalyst to transform the leading cause of cancer deaths annually worldwide to a chronic, manageable disease. Ultimately, she wants her grandchildren to read in the history books that the eradication of Lung Cancer began and ended due to the work of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.


Since its founding in 2006, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has grown into the first international collaborative entity of its kind, raising over $30 million for Lung Cancer research through a variety of fundraising campaigns and initiatives.

Over $30 million raised for Lung Cancer research.

Because Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer worldwide annually and because diagnosis for the majority of patients comes so late that they die within one year, the same imperatives drive all ALCF campaigns: focus on immediate, results-oriented projects or programs promising to catalyze progress through early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes.

Integral to all campaigns is transforming the stigma of Lung Cancer as a smoker’s disease, misinformation that has led to Lung Cancer lagging behind other major forms of cancer in receiving research dollars.

The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), created in 2008, connects thought leaders, scientists, researchers and physicians worldwide, leading and empowering patients to campaign toward better treatment options through improved coordination among leading cancer centers.

In Loving Memory

This page is dedicated to all the precious lives and loved ones we have lost too early to Lung Cancer. We will remember everyone here, forever, and spend every moment we have left on this planet to end Lung Cancer. That is this Foundation’s promise.

To honor and remember your loved one, please email [email protected]. If you would like to share your memories and your stories, please do so. If we can help you in any way to memorialize and celebrate the life of someone you love, through your words and your voice, please contact us at 650.598.2857. When the day comes, and it will, that we beat Lung Cancer, we will build a memorial grove.

A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory of someone we love, lives on forever…