Katie Brown

Patient Leader

Katie Brown became a cancer survivor at the age of 22. In 2002, she became a cancer caregiver and a lung cancer patient advocate. Katie advocated on behalf of her father during his cancer journey and later for thousands of lung cancer patients and families at the online support network she helped create, the Lung Cancer Support Community (LCSC). The LCSC is the first and largest online support community for anyone affected by a lung cancer diagnosis. In 2006, the LCSC became a service of the LUNGevity Foundation. Today, the LCSC has over 10,000 members, over 450,000 postings and boasts millions of visits a month. While supporting lung cancer patients and their families is a calling and a life-long mission for Katie, her passion is writing and the creative landscape of social media and the internet. She uses her words to create HOPE in the cancer community and to inspire advocacy and collaboration within the lung cancer community. Katie believes there is also a tremendous responsibility as a survivor and co-survivor to raise awareness, share information and resources and educate others to become advocates of their own medical care. This is especially important in the lung cancer community. Katie coaches and educates others on advocacy, peer to peer support, raising awareness and on the use of social media platforms and tools to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and advocates, to promote causes, events and businesses. She is a writer, author; a volunteer cancer support group facilitator and is the founder of Breathe Deep DFW, Dallas Fort Worth's first 5K walk/run benefiting lung cancer research. Katie is an active member of the National AONN association, N. TX Chapter of AONN and editorial board of Conquer Cancer Magazine. ​She is living with stage 4 genetic liver disease. She works as the Vice President of Support and Survivorship Programs for LUNGevity Foundation, is a certified oncology patient navigator and certified caregiving consultant.


Colleyville, TX


Best in Show: Community or Forum Health Activist Hero Lifetime Achievement Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Patient Leader Hero


Best in Show: Community

Katie keeps the lung cancer community supported and engaged. She cheers for us for each good scan, cries with us when we lose a member and helps keep us feeling supported and encouraged.  — Anne

In 2002 started the first ever online lung cancer support network that has over 406,000 posts today. Transformed online support ,survivorship and navigation for people diagnosed with lung cancer.  — Rickey

Katie's role as a lung cancer advocate , navigator, and blogger has positively affected the lives of many lung cancer survivors & their caregivers. She offers patients hope and support through her Lungevity Summits, Tweets,blog and facebook page.

Katie is the sole reason that the Support and Survivorship Dept. exists at LUNGevity (the largest lung cancer nonprofit). Without her work, literally thousands of lung cancer patients would be without a way to connect to each other and find support and resources. Katie is always putting her patients and her mission first.  — Danielle

I'm recently a new member to the lung cancer community, and Katie Brown quickly welcomed me with a warm regard. Instantly I felt apart of a family that I've grown to trust, love, and support. All of this was made possible through Katie Brown and her community organization skills.  — Leilani

She works tirelessly for lung cancer patients everywhere through her work at Lungevity.com. She goes way beyond her job responsibilities working for every single lung cancer patient and their family and friends. She is an extraordinary advocate and supporter and is extremely deserving of this award.  — Tina

Katie Brown

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