Shining a Light for Research

Lung cancer has a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Australians, with one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. But there is hope. In recent years, advances in new treatments have seen an increase in the survival rate and quality of life for people impacted by the disease – research is providing hope that has never existed before.

Every year our community helps ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer’ and raise funds for life-changing research – collectively raising hundreds of thousands over the last few years alone.

To mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, we’re encouraging our community to host a fundraiser, and get involved with Shine a Light on Lung Cancer.

Lung Foundation Australia provides seed funds for the best and brightest researchers to undertake research projects that support discoveries towards the prevention, management and cure of lung cancer. Scientific breakthroughs can take years to accomplish but every dollar makes a difference to the lives of people impacted by lung cancer.

Shining a Light for Hope

This year, Bev White will host her third Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event – something she holds close to her heart. Bev’s son Lachlan was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2012 at just 20 years old.

“Lachlan was told he could never be cured and that the best hope he had was to prolong his survival past the two-year prognosis.

He underwent numerous treatments, had multiple surgeries and faced many challenges along the way, but despite this he always remained optimistic.

Lachlan owes his seven years of survival to medical research. His treatment has included clinical trials and compassionate access to experimental drugs.

Without funding, none of this research would be possible and he would have no treatment option.”

Real Stories

Anyone can get lung cancer. It affects men, women, children, smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers, all who are equally worthy of treatment, care and support.