The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in San Carlos, California, and the Lung Cancer Alliance in Washington, D.C., have announced that they are joining forces to become the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.
In conjunction with the launch, the foundation has received a $15 million challenge grant in memory of Skip Viragh, a financial entrepreneur in the field of mutual fund investment who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003. Focused on people who are vulnerable, at risk of contracting, or diagnosed with lung cancer, the new organization's programs will include expanded patient support services, advanced screening and treatment research, efforts to increase access to medical services, and healthcare advocacy and empowerment.
"We are thrilled to blend our talent, resources, commitment, and compassion to create this powerhouse foundation," said GO2 Foundation co-founder and board chair Bonnie J. Addario, herself a lung cancer survivor. "The GO2 Foundation will transform what it means to live with lung cancer and increase the patient survival rate of the world's number one cancer killer annually. Together we will continue to break barriers and save lives."