November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Newburyport Lighting owners Steve and AnnMarie Leary encourage all of their friends and customers to consider making a donation to provide much-needed funding for research and a cure for the disease.
The cause is close to the Leary family because in 2005, AnnMarie Leary’s mother Carol Brennan was diagnosed with the illness and lost her life just six weeks later. Steve and AnnMarie also have many close friends who have lost loved ones to lung cancer. Through advocacy work they have met many who presently are battling the disease, and who need help raising money and awareness about lung cancer.
In the ensuing years, the Learys have made lung cancer awareness a personal cause, and decided to publicly add their voices to the national awareness campaign to point out the dire need for research funding. Here’s how you can help:
1. Donate Directly – Click the button at left to make a tax-deductible donation to the “Be a Piece of the Solution” campaign which helps facilitate the discovery of new targeted therapies to treat lung cancers and to improve outcomes for patients. Every dollar of every donation funds real research at the Mass General Hospital Center for Thoracic Cancers, and has the potential to be the ONE that funds the breakthrough for a long-term solution for lung cancer patients.
2. Shop at Newburyport Lighting in November, which is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and help spotlight lung cancer. Newburyport Lighting will contribute up to $100 for every purchase made at their store. If you are in the market for lighting for your home or business, shopping at Newburyport Lighting will enable you to improve your surroundings and contribute to lung cancer research simultaneously. In December, we’ll share the results with our readers and present a check to MGH.
3. Learn about lung cancer so that you can provide information, comfort, and assistance to someone in your life who contracts the disease.
Though lung cancer is common, many people don’t know much about it or are afraid to learn. Whether you have been diagnosed, know someone who has been diagnosed or are just curious about more information, it is important to understand this disease so we can fight against it. The more you know about lung cancer, the more control you have over your life.
- The number one killer of all cancers, lung cancer affects smokers and non-smokers alike.
- More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.
- Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate).
- In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women
- Learn more about the myths and facts associated with lung cancer
- How to protect your lungs
4. Learn about Mass. General Hospital’s role in lung cancer research
The results of two new lung cancer studies underscore Massachusetts General Hospital’s pioneering efforts in the field of targeted cancer therapy – or personalized medicine. The new findings were published by physician-scientists from the MGH Center for Thoracic Cancers in two articles in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. Both papers present important developments in the use of crizotinib to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Read more …
How Your Donation Helps Lung Cancer Research Directly
Your donation to “Be a Piece of the Solution” provides direct assistance for lung cancer research – Removing the administrative costs involved with managing a federal grant should increase the funds directly available for lab and clinic efforts by 35%. Moreover, only about 8% of all federal NIH grants will be funded in 2012, increasing the need for philanthropy.
Immediate Impact – Donations through the BPS website go directly to the Thoracic Oncology fund. Your donation today will be funding laboratory work next week.
Ensure a Nimble Research Department – A cornerstone of the Center for Thoracic Cancers is its commitment to sharing real-time data and other discoveries with patients. This open information policy enables the teams in the lab and the clinic to share the latest information helping to dictate day-to-day research decisions. Where traditional research funding necessitates a detailed proposal of the lab’s work for months or even years in advance, our funding frees researchers to nimbly respond to and incorporate the latest findings.
Accountability – BPS receives annual reports on all funds raised through this website and will share results with all of our donors. We will also report back on the progress being made in lung cancer research.