National Volunteer Month: Making Change Happen in 2021

In honor of National Volunteer Month and National Volunteer Week, Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) would like to thank all of our volunteers, past and present, for their hard work and dedication to the fight against lung cancer. Volunteers play a vital role in LCI’s mission to advance survivorship and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, education, and access programs. Volunteers make an impact in so many ways, and it’s our pleasure to highlight several individuals across our network and the different ways they have impacted the lung cancer community:


Patti Pozella, DrPH

Patti Pozella, DrPh, serves on LCI’s Scientific Review Committee. Pozella has reviewed countless research applications throughout her tenure and helped to ensure LCI’s research programs continue to support the most meaningful research opportunities across North Carolina. 


Kenisha Bethea, MPH

Kenisha Bethea, MPH, serves on the REACH Grant Committee. Bethea has been a part of LCI from our founding and has been instrumental in making LCI’s REACH grant program a success by helping LCI serve underinsured and underserved communities. 


Mary Frances White

Mary Frances White serves on the Survivor Steering Committee, which gathers critical feedback from local lung cancer survivors to ensure LCI is serving survivors in the most effective way possible. White owns a local cancer support group in Greenville, NC, where she uses her voice as a lung cancer survivor to help LCI reach lung cancer survivors in her community and across the state. 


BJ Peterson, DNP

BJ Peterson, DNP, serves on the Healthcare Provider Education and Outreach Committee to help educate and provide resources to all HCPs in North Carolina so that they are equipped to provide the best care possible for their patients.  


Neal Ready, MD

Neal Ready, MD, serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee and leads LCI’s Scientific Review Committee. Dr. Ready has generously dedicated his time to help LCI’s education efforts and in Spring of 2020 presented at LCI’s most recent Community Education Program on coping with COVID-19 for lung cancer survivors. 


Paul Fedorkowicz & Cherry Bekaert

Upon learning that LCI would be moving to a new office space at the end of 2019, Paul Fedorkowicz, a long-time supporter of LCI with his wife Lucy, reached out to the team to learn how Cherry Bekaert may help provide gently used furniture to create a better workspace for staff and volunteers. The Cherry Bekaert staff worked closely with LCI's staff to plan and coordinate the many desks, chairs, and conference room furniture for the new space - including coordinating the

logistics around such a large furniture delivery. 


Become a Volunteer with LCI 

There are many ways you can volunteer and make a difference in lives affected by lung cancer. LCI depends on our volunteers to keep our mission going. Here are a few of the ways to volunteer below:


Join an Event Planning Committee 

By joining an Event Planning Committee, you can take a more hands-on approach in helping LCI expand our efforts toward fundraising and planning events to celebrate hope and survivorship. For more information about joining a committee, please send an email to LCI’s Special Events Director Sandy Oehler at  


Volunteer at an Upcoming LCI Event

By volunteering at an upcoming LCI event, you can help LCI on an event day at one of our fundraising events, like the LUNGe Forward events (in the Triangle, the Triad, or Charlotte area on September 18, 2021), the Evening of Hope Gala (November 6, 2021), or the Triangle Golf Classic Tournament (October 12, 2021).


At events, volunteers can help set up on the day of the event, run the registration table, help run water/snack stands, or help at the Survivors, Friends & Family tent. 


Support Lung Cancer Education

Volunteer to help distribute lung cancer educational materials and represent LCI at an upcoming Community Education Program or health fair. By volunteering at these events, you help educate the community on lung cancer. No experience is necessary!


To learn more about how to get involved as a community education volunteer, contact our Engagement Coordinator Colleen Christensen at


Start Your DIY Fundraiser

Starting your own DIY Fundraiser is a great way to have an immediate impact on LCI’s ability to fund programs and lung cancer research. A DIY Fundraiser can be as simple as starting your own Facebook fundraiser, asking others to donate in honor or memory of a loved one, or hosting an organized bake sale, barbeque, silent auction, or anything appropriate that honors your loved one or is of particular interests to you. Get creative!


To learn more about starting your DIY Fundraiser, reach out to the director of Special Events Sandy Oehler at  


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