Deb Gordon’s guest was Jim Dennison, 10 year lung cancer survivor and Event Organizer for the Free to Breathe® Morris County 3.5 Mile Walk which benefits the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a non-profit made up of leading doctors, researchers, patient advocates and lung cancer survivors, that has awarded millions for research to help patients live longer and better lives.
It is estimated that only 15 percent of people survive five years beyond their diagnosis and Mr. Dennison, a New Jersey native, discussed how he was inspired to initiate the Free to Breathe® Morris County Walk after he realized this sobering fact, and how few resources were available to people in his area.
Mr. Dennison also provided data about lung cancer including the fact that even though lung cancer takes more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, it receives less research funding. A major goal of the National Lung Cancer Partnership is to double the survival lung cancer rates by 2022. The rates are currently stagnant, which Mr. Dennison attributes in part to the stigma that is associated with lung cancer and the perception that smokers brought the malady on themselves. Another goal of the Partnership is to create awareness about the large numbers of people who develop lung cancer and have never smoked at all.