What started as a grassroots movement of survivors, providers, and advocates in North Carolina in 2006 has grown to become a leading organization that connects lung cancer patients and their loved ones with the medical and research community. Our network of hope and action fuels lung cancer research, furthers education and awareness about lung cancer, and supports access to appropriate care, treatment, and resources for the lung cancer community. We have a high standard of fiscal responsibility for the funds we raise, and we pledge to maintain that standard while increasing advocacy across our state. Please refer to the LCI 2023 Impact Report for more information or visit our website.



Since 2008, Lung Cancer Initiative has funnded more than $3 million in lung cancer research. Our support has jump-started the careers of researchers who have gone on to receive continued funding for their work from the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense and the American Cancer Society.  In 2023 alone, LCI is committed to funding more than $350,000.  


We have many resources designed to support lung cancer survivors at all stages of their journey, from diagnosis to long-term survivorship. Our Survivor Steering Committee provides leadership and guidance to LCI in developing the resources that lung cancer survivors need.


Community Education - Lung Cancer Initiative delivers community education programs designed for everyone. In partnership with area cancer centers, community organizations and other leading experts, these events bring together lung cancer patients, their families, advocates, researchers and healthcare professionals in an informal venue to discuss topics that are important to them. The events are intended to better the health of anyone who has been impacted by lung cancer, to raise awareness and enhance knowledge, and to connect patients and their loved ones with the medical and research community.     

Healthcare Provider Education - Lung Cancer Initiative is committed to providing healthcare professionals with the most up-to- date information in lung cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment to ensure the best possible care for lung cancer patients.

Materials Distribution - Lung Cancer Initiative distributes free print and online materials to patients and physician offices, which provide vital information to help patients and their families better understand their diagnosis of lung cancer. These materials help families receive the best care available on their lung cancer journey.

Awareness – Lung Cancer Initiative is committed to increasing public awareness about lung cancer. We do so through our events, education and outreach initiatives as well as other grassroots opportunities.


Patient Access to Care Gas Card - This program provides assistance to lung cancer patients who are seeking treatment, including clinical trials.  The goal of the program is to lessen the financial burden for patients to receive appropriate lung cancer treatment by providing gas cards. LCI will distribute 450 $50 gas cards in 2023.

Patient Emergency Fund - This program offers financial assistance to provide support for lung cancer patients to help with healthy food costs, transportation and other non-medical expenses to assist with emergencies associated with a lung cancer diagnosis.  

REACH Community Access Grants - Lung Cancer Initiative currently awards three REACH Community Access Grants up to $10,000 each to assist institutions to improve access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, comprehensive biomarker testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals. 


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Lung Cancer Initiative has earned the 2024 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

Per the IRS, we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID number is 26-2300885. 

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

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Lung Cancer Initiative

5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 401

Raleigh, NC 27612

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