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Our LUNGSTRONG Board is 100% volunteer. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated individuals supporting our mission.

Diane Legg
President/Founder
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LUNGSTRONG Founder & President Diane Legg has lived with lung cancer for 14 years—nine more years than 85% of people struck by the often-stigmatized disease. She has used that time to raise three sons, along with her husband David, and to become a tireless fundraiser and advocate for leading-edge lung cancer research.  As co-director of the New England chapter of the Lung Cancer Alliance from 2006 – 2012, she launched “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” the largest international awareness event for the disease. 

 

In 2011, Diane founded LUNGSTRONG to provide unrestricted funding to lung cancer researchers, allowing them the freedom to think “out of the box” in pursuit of potentially trans-formative treatments. Diane lives in Amesbury, MA, with her husband and three sons; Dean, Cole, and Will.  Since her diagnosis, Diane has run four half marathons & ridden in seven Pan-Mass Challenges; not allowing lung cancer to define who she is or what she can do. Through her work, Diane hopes to help de-stigmatize lung cancer and generate the much needed funding for lung cancer research with the goal of finding a cure. 

Officers:
Jill O'Leary
Treasurer

Jill met Diane many years ago through their sons and quickly became friends. Diane’s undying will to fight this disease amazed Jill and she eagerly became interested in fighting Diane’s fight alongside her. In 2013, Jill started the first annual LUNGSTRONG 5K run and 1 ½ mile walk in Beverly, MA.  Jill has been a Board Member since 2013 and has served as Treasurer since 2015.  

 

Outside of  LUNGSTRONG, Jill s a Controller for Newburyport Development (A New England Development Company). Jill spends her time with her husband Jim and their three sons; Brett, Shane and Peyton. Jill enjoys watching her husband coach at the Governor's Academy, watching her boys compete in sports, walking her dog and horseback riding. Jill and her family resides at the Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA., where they are dorm parents.

Board of Directors:
Careyanne Davis

As a close friend of Diane’s and as a Physician Assistant, I was well aware of the brutal statistics regarding lung cancer survival. I had also watched first hand, my beloved grandmother and some of my patients struggle with this disease. Before I met Diane, I was unaware of the disparity in governmental funding for lung cancer research, when compared with other cancers. This is unjust and must change.  Through Diane’s and LUNGSTRONG’s tireless efforts, we WILL change both these funding and survival statistics.

Scott MacDonald

Scott's wife Patricia was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2012.  Patricia and Scott met Diane shortly after and were inspired by her courage and extraordinary dedication and efforts to raise money for lung cancer research.  Patricia experienced first hand the benefits of the Boston area research and treatment expertise, including trials for targeted drugs and innovative combination drug therapies.  Patricia survived six years with an exceptional quality of life.  Scott is deeply committed to helping the world class researchers and doctors in the Boston area advance their work through fundraising.  Scott brings over 25 years of business leadership and non-profit experience to the Lungstrong board.

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Lauren Gonthier

Lauren is an Amesbury native and has seen first-hand the profound mark that LUNGSTRONG has made in her community.  In 2020, she began volunteering with the organization as a Marketing Assistant. In early 2022, Lauren joined the board. She now collaborates closely with Jill Carter (Marketing Director) on all things marketing and design, specializing in social media content creation. She is proud to be able to help LUNGSTRONG towards their mission and looks forward to seeing the impact she knows LUNGSTRONG will have on the future.

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Scott MacDonald

Scott’s wife Patricia was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2012. Patricia and Scott met Diane shortly after and were inspired by her courage and extraordinary dedication and efforts to raise money for lung cancer research. Patricia experience first hand the benefits of the Boston area research and treatment expertise, including trials for targeted drugs and innovative combination drug therapies. Patricia survived six years with an exceptional quality of life. Scott is deeply committed to helping the world class researchers and doctors in the Boston area advance their work through fundraising. Scott brings over 25 years of business leadership and non-profit experience to the LUNGSTRONG board.

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