“What can I do?”

“I’m only one person.”

“It will take an army to win this fight.”

Every day, I speak with survivors and caregivers about their experiences with lung cancer. I have heard all of these phrases as people process the daunting task of beating this disease. The feeling of wanting to do more is amplified during Lung Cancer Awareness month when the entire lung cancer community is united in one voice for the cause. The good news is that nobody has to fight alone and it does not take much for someone to get involved in this effort.

Here are three simple ways to make a difference this November.

1. Tell your story to local media

Write and submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Newspapers love to receive feedback and insight from readers within the community. In your letter, highlight the fact that it is Lung Cancer Awareness month, share your own story and include some statistics to educate the public about the disease. For example, most people do not know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death or that it claims more lives annually than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. If you have been touched by lung cancer, this is your chance to let people know. 

2. Join the conversation on social media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram are great avenues to see what others are saying and sharing during November and throughout the year. You will see everything from details about cutting-edge treatments to hopeful stories about survivors. Pass this information along to people in your networks and use the official Lung Cancer Awareness month hashtag, #LCAM in your posts so others can follow.

3. Search for volunteer and charity opportunities  

Contact your local cancer centers to see how you might be able to lend a hand. Consider organizing a card-writing effort for patients, a potluck social or a game night. Donate to your favorite cancer charity. Giving back to your community is a great way to show that you care about patients and their families.