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Lung Cancer Action Summit Highlights - Part 2

  • September 21 2014

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    Lung Cancer Action Summit Highlights - Part 2

    Yesterday was a day of education and today we settled down to craft the tools that we need to become impactful lung cancer advocates. Many of us rose early to have breakfast with the experts. The panel featuring Denise Bachorski, RN., Dr. Neil Christie, Dr. Brian Karlovits, and Dr. Joan Schiller fielded a range of questions from specific treatments to more general questions about nutrition, tobacco, scans and research.

    It was an engaging discussion that again highlighted how critical clinical trials are. Dr. Karlovits thanked everyone who has either participated in or even considered clinical trials stating that trials are the only way to find a cure.

    After breakfast Jeff Jubelirir led a workshop covering some effective ways to communicate our message in an engaging and impactful way. With the help of the Free to Breathe staff and our fellow advocates around the table, we crafted and practiced our 30 second elevator speeches. Whether asking for sponsorship, building a team for a Free to Breathe event, or approaching a legislator - these short speeches are our foot in the door, our way to grab someone's attention and to get them motivated to join us. 

    Our next workshop led by Meghan Dankovich was an inspiring journey into what fundraising really is and how we can be more effective in our efforts. After this we moved into our concurrent sessions which both continued the conversation on fundraising and also covered raising awareness, educating our community, and provided us with a wealth of tools and resources from Free to Breathe. As an advocate who has been involved with Free to Breathe for over six years and an alumna of the 2012 summit, I am amazed and inspired by the strides the Free to Breathe staff has made in the materials and resources they have available for patients, what they provide the community and us advocates as well.

    I know I speak for my fellow advocates, both alumni of summits past and the folks joining us this year, when I say that I am incredibly grateful to Free to Breathe for helping us turn our heartbreak, frustration and passion into energy that can be used toward powerful positive change. 

    Things to check out:

    Lung Cancer Facts: http://www.freetobreathe.org/lung-cancer-info/facts 

    Educate your community: http://www.freetobreathe.org/get-involved/educate-your-community

    Fundraise your way: http://www.freetobreathe.org/get-involved/community-fundraising

    Free to Breathe Education and Awareness Programs and Resources: http://www.freetobreathe.org/get-involved/educate-your-community/share-patient-resources

    Cancer Treatment Facilities: http://www.patientresource.com/facilities_by_state.aspx

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