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Health activist, advocate, educator, and change agent.  The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) has raised more than $20 million dollars for lung cancer research.

I have been an activist, advocate, educator and change agent empowering patients and giving them a strong voice in the fight against lung cancer ever since I received a stage 3B diagnosis more than a decade ago.

Although thrust into a role that I had never envisioned for myself, I embraced it and now consider it to be my second career and a personal calling.

Recognizing the critical need for education, empowerment, advocacy and research to help patients and families, especially those without resources and support, my family and I founded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in 2006, and I then went on to found the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) with my husband Tony Addario in 2008.

The business acumen and skills honed in my first career as President of Olympian Oil Company and Commercial Fueling Network, as Past President of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, and as a community activist serving on diverse boards, all contributed to my work at ALCF in developing business strategies and being the Foundation’s patient voice at national/international conferences, on panels and boards, and to industry leaders, clinicians and policy makers.




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