A Lung Cancer Community of Courage and Survivor Story

Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is pleased to welcome Bonnie J. Addario on Tuesday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss her book, The Living Room: A Lung Cancer Community of Courage. The program will be live-streamed on Zoom.

Addario is a lung cancer survivor and co-founder, board chair, and patient advocate of GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. She has empowered patients and given them a voice since receiving a stage 3B lung cancer diagnosis almost two decades ago. Recognizing the need for education, empowerment, advocacy, and research to help patients and families, Addario and her family founded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in 2006. In 2019, ALCF and the Lung Cancer Alliance merged, forming GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

Addario acts as an adviser to industry leaders, clinicians, and policymakers and is a member of the Personalized Medicine Coalition board. In 2020, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CURE Magazine.

Bonnie was diagnosed with stage 3B lung cancer at age 55, when she was at the top of her game and leading one of the largest privately-held oil companies in the United States. In her corporate arena, and as the first woman to be elected to the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, she was the one always in control; she was the one always fighting for change and challenging the norm!

After her diagnosis, she knew this was going to be a very different kind of challenge, one she would have to depend on others for if she were to survive. And she did.

“We are a ‘Patient’s First’ entity,” said Addario, “and everything we do is about and for them.”

Author Talk: A Cancer Survivor Story is free and open to the public.

About Rochester Media

Rochester Media publishes The Community Edge digital newsletter of recently posted articles from Rochester Media, a hyper-local news outlet covering all things in and around Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. Send us you press releases and news happenings to editor@rochestermedia.com.

Speak Your Mind