The Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation 501 (c) (3) is organized exclusively to raise fund for lung cancer awareness, education and research. The goal is to raise funds for general research relating to lung cancer treatment and attention to interpretation therapy programs for physician assistants, nurses and support for patients while undergoing critical care.
Established by never-smoker and lung cancer survivor, Linda Wortman, the Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation 501 (c) (3) is also striving to remove the stigma that goes along with lung cancer. Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and kills more people each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined? It is believed that tobacco use may cause up to 90% of those deaths, but it is also known that 10-15% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are never smokers. Yes, people who never smoked a day in their life. There is also likelihood that 10-15% of smokers who are diagnosed with lung cancer have cancer that is not directly related to their smoking. You see, we still know very little about lung cancer, and we believe this is due to the faulty belief that people who get lung cancer somehow “deserve it”.