Profiles in Lung Cancer — Day 3: Bonnie Addario, “Lung Cancer patients are on my mind and in my heart every day”

Hi Readers! In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a group of lung cancer bloggers will be interviewing people in the lung cancer community and profiling a patient, caregiver, advocate or health care provider each day in November. I am excited to get to know more people who are impacted by this disease, and I hope you will join us on this ride.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Day 3: Bonnie Addario, Lung Cancer survivor and advocate extraordinare.
“Lung Cancer patients are on my mind and in my heart every day.” 
Twitter handle:@bonniejaddario 

Bonnie Addario - Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Bonnie Addario – Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation











  • Who are you? — I am a daughter, a wife, a Mother and a Grandmother who just happens to want to end lung cancer …
  • What is your connection to the LC community? —  I am hoping that my connection to the LC Community is one of HOPE, LOVE and IMPACT.
  • How did/does LC impact your life? — I am a very grateful 11 year survivor and my work with our two foundations (the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and ALCMI) is paramount in my life. I am so honored to have our family involved with the foundations, so we are probably closer now than ever. I get to see them every day.
  • What is something readers might not know about you? — Long ago I was a single Mom with three very young children. I worked during the day and cleaned banks and buildings with my kids at night in my sister and brother-in-laws’ cleaning business. It was the best time of my life. Every night I had a daughter on each side of me in bed with my son at the bottom guarding all of us!!!
  • What do you want others to know about LC? — For the first time in decades, Lung Cancer is finally turning a corner in research and there is great HOPE for patients.
  • What brings you hope? — Knowing that doing the right thing almost always prevails and watching the courage I see daily on patients’ faces.
  • Any thoughts or suggestions for other LC survivors? — Reaching back for yesterday leads to depression and thinking too far into the future brings anxiety. Try to stay in the moment and in the day before you, so you don’t miss any of the wonders around you.
  • What are your LC advocacy activities? — I can’t think of any I don’t have!! Lung Cancer patients are on my mind and in my heart every day.

Thank you Bonnie for all that you do!!!

Each day during Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November), a lung cancer blogger will share a brief profile of someone involved with lung cancer. The person profiled might be a patient, caregiver, advocate, researcher, or healthcare provider.

Tomorrow’s post will be on Anita Figueras’s blog ScifiKnitter, where she will profile lung cancer caregiver Naomi Farley.

All profiles can be found the day after posting on the #LCSM Chat blog at A list of links to all the profiles on the original bloggers’ pages can be found at on the #LCSM Chat site on the Profiles in Lung Cancer page.