LUNGevity Launches Breathe Easier: An Emergency Response Fund for COVID-19

Lung cancer patients and their families who meet criteria are eligible to receive financial support to cover expenses during public health emergency.

WASHINGTON, DC (March 31, 2020) — LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s premier lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization, announced today that it is launching Breathe Easier: An Emergency Response Fund to help financially support life challenges for lung cancer patients and their families during the time of the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

LUNGevity’s Breathe Easier fund will offer financial assistance to eligible lung cancer patients and their families to satisfy their critical basic needs of food, transportation, and general household bills. Support in the amount of $500 will be provided to eligible patients and their families. 

Patients can call LUNGevity’s Lung Cancer HELPLine (844-360-5864), a free phone service in partnership with CancerCare, to learn more and apply for support from the Breathe Easier Fund. To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Patients must be in active treatment, or actively pursuing treatment, for lung cancer. 
  • The patient’s household income does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); however, special consideration will be given to those who are recently unemployed or furloughed as a result of COVID-19. 
  • Patient must be a US resident and be receiving care for lung cancer in the US. 

In addition to the Emergency Fund, LUNGevity’s free support services are available to help people with lung cancer and their families navigate this challenging time. These services include LUNGevity’s HELPLine; LUNGevity LifeLine, a phone-buddy program; LUNGevity’s Lung Cancer Support Community, the largest lung cancer online support network; peer-to-peer mentoring; and LUNGevity’s private Facebook Groups specific to lung cancer patients. 

LUNGevity has also developed resources specifically for people affected by lung cancer during the time of COVID-19. A dedicated COVID-19 section of our website is continually being updated to include Q&As with experts, including members of our esteemed Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), answering questions posed by our community, video interviews with members of the SAB and other medical experts, and a COVID-19 glossary. All updates and information as well as expert videos are available on the website in Spanish, and materials are currently being created in Mandarin as well. 

About the Lung Cancer HELPLine 

Launched in partnership with CancerCare, the LUNGevity Lung Cancer HELPLine is a free phone service staffed by a team of professional oncology social workers who are available to address the emotional, practical, and information needs of people diagnosed with lung cancer, their families, and caregivers. Those seeking assistance can call the toll-free HELPLine at 844-360-5864 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday. 

About CancerCare® 

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online, and in-person, educational workshops, publications, and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by master’s-prepared oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. To learn more, visit or call

800-813-HOPE (4673).