Guest: Bonnie J. Addario
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Bonnie J. Addario, Founder, Chair & Lung Cancer Survivor, has been an activist, advocate, educator and change agent empowering patients and giving them a strong voice in the fight against lung cancer since receiving a stage 3B diagnosis more than a decade ago. Although thrust into a role that she had never envisioned for herself, she embraced it and now considers it to be her 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, Bonnie and her family founded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in 2006, and then went on to found the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) with her husband, Tony Addario, in 2008. Bonnie’s business acumen and skills honed in her first career as President of Olympian Oil Company and Commercial Fueling Network (CFN), as Past President of the CA Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) and as a community activist serving on diverse boards have all contributed to her 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.
Segment Overview: Bonnie J. Addario, Founder, Chair & Lung Cancer Survivor, talks about the hashtag #tALKpositiveNSCLC Initiative. Throughout the month of November, Takeda Pharmaceuticals will make a donation to ALCF to continue to advance lung cancer awareness and treatment when #tALKpositiveNSCLC is used on social media platforms.