Celebrating 10 Years as a 501(c)(3)

In 2018, Lung Cancer Initiative is proud to be celebrating our 10th year as a 501(c)(3) organization.  However, our story began even more than ten years ago when our founders first met in 2006 to talk about the need for advocacy, research and awareness for lung cancer.  

We've steadily grown over the years and today are proud to have funded more than $1.4 million toward lung cancer research and collaborated in communities across the state on education, access and awareness initiatives.

Please take a look below at highlights from our journey.  We are grateful to all of the leaders and supporters who have been a part of our journey and who continue to carry our mission forward.


North Carolinians Against Lung Cancer

      Advocates met and formed a small grass-roots volunteer organization to fund research and raise awareness.



      Held first Raleigh 5K, benefitting National Lung Cancer Partnership (now Free to Breathe) with 850 registered participants raising more than $88,000.



North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership

      Became the first state chapter of Free to Breathe, gaining 501(c)(3) status under a group exemption, and becoming North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership.

      Established Board of Directors.

      Held first Greensboro 5K event.

      Held first Evening of Hope Gala, Raleigh.

      Funded first $100,000 Young Investigators Grant.



      Hired first employee and opened office.



      Hired second employee.



      Held first Charlotte 5K.

      Held first NC Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit.



Lung Cancer Initiative

      Disafilliated from Free to Breathe and gained independent 501(c)(3) status, rebranding as Lung Cancer Initiative.

      Funded $500,000 toward lung cancer research cumulatively.

      Launched the Access to Care gas card program.



      Held first Expert Speakers Series.



      Established Research Fellows Program, funding fellows at teaching hospitals throughout the state.


      Funded more than $1 million in lung cancer research in NC, cumulatively.

      Began research partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

      Began to fund local access grants at community hospitals to improve patient access to care.



      Employing 5 full-time employees.

      Launched Development and Marketing Committees.




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