At Lung Cancer Initiative, we are saddened by the continued systemic biases and practices that have prevented social justice and socioeconomic equality across our country and have followed the most recent events over this past week with a heavy heart. We recognize that racial inequities create many disparities including in health care, particularly among minority communities. In particular, black males have the highest incidence of lung cancer and the highest rate of death in our country. We must do better.
There is so much work to be done before these disparities no longer create barriers for lung cancer patients and their families right here in North Carolina. We stand ready to join our community partners to make a positive change and remain committed to our Access to Care Grants and Gas Card programs designed to remove barriers to accessing lung cancer care for patients and communities who need it most.
Since our founding, one of Lung Cancer Initiative’s core values has been “Building Community.” We are committed to evaluating our programs and procedures in an effort to continue building a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community reflective of all of those we serve, and we know that we’re not there yet.
Thank you to all of you who make up our network of hope and action. Please know that we stand with you and are committed to each and every one of you.