Many hands raisedVolunteers play a vital role in the fight against lung cancer. They help us build a community that provides hope, guidance and support to patients and their families. Cancer can make a person feel powerless and out of control; volunteers ease this burden. Volunteering is a great way to help people in need, raise awareness about lung cancer and give back. You can volunteer through an organization, like the American Lung Association, or find your own way to make a difference in someone’s life.

The American Lung Association’s greatest asset is its team of diverse, active and engaged volunteers who collectively serve as the primary conduit for achieving the mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Since the Lung Association was founded, over 100 years ago, volunteers have been a vital part of our work. Volunteers provide assistance both locally and nationally. They are critical to the success of our special events and community initiatives. Sign up today to become a volunteer with the American Lung Association.

Can’t volunteer for the American Lung Association at this time but want to do something to help someone in your life who is coping with lung cancer? Here are some ways you can personally volunteer to help people with cancer and their families:

  • Make meals or arrange for meals to be delivered
  • Drive them to and from doctor appointments
  • Arrange to have their house cleaned and/or yard work done
  • Offer to go grocery shopping for them and/or run errands
  • If you have a close relationship, you may want to offer to attend appointments with them and take notes
  • Offer to come over just to chat
  • Encourage them to join My Fighting for Air Community, a web-based caregiving coordination service that allows family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to create a community to assist a family caregiver or patient with the daily tasks that become a challenge

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.