Ruth Strauss Foundation

Fighting the lung cancers you don’t hear about. Supporting the suffering you don’t see.

Standing together with a positive spirit

We understand COVID-19 is impacting every one of us in some way or another and we hope you are managing to keep positive in these uncertain times.

We are still working hard (from home!) on our mission and until this situation is under control, some of our fundraisers and events have been re-scheduled. Your health & safety is our absolute priority at this time.

We are very aware that some of you will be fighting a battle with cancer right now and must be very wary of COVID-19 causing even more disruption to your lives.

If you are looking for more information & advice, please click the ‘info’ button below.

We will continue to keep you updated with further information here and via our social channels.

For now, we look forward to standing together and adhering to the recommendations & regulations set out by our government and supporting our RSF community, family and friends with a positive spirit of compassion and patience.

#RSF26challenge & Legends Family Fitness Show

Last month, Sir Andrew Strauss launched the #RSF26challenge as part of the nation-wide 2.6 Challenge to support the UK’s charities.

On Marathon Sunday, 26th of April, we invited families to join us for the Live Legends Family Fitness Show which was hosted by Piers Morgan and was streamed live on YouTube. We were honoured to have an incredible line-up of Legends support our cause: Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp, Kevin Pietersen, Clare Balding, Will Greenwood and Tim Henman.

We want to thank you all for joining, donating and supporting our mission, which will allow us to help support families & their children when they need it most; and drive much-needed research into non-smoking lung cancers.


Rare forms of lung cancer can affect anyone at any age, including those who have never smoked. The Ruth Strauss foundation provides research grants and support to patients and their families.

What we do

Fighting the lung cancers you don’t hear about. Supporting the suffering you don’t see


Cancer places an enormous emotional burden on patients and their families. That burden shifts and changes according to where a patient lies within their unique cancer journey, as well as family circumstances.

The Ruth Strauss Foundation provides grants to charities and organisations that specialise in providing psychological, emotional and wellbeing support to both patients and their families, including bereavement services.


Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. In the UK around 45,000 people every year are diagnosed and only 1 in 20 will survive over 10 years.

Rare forms make up 10%-15% of all lung cancers, with younger people and women more likely to be diagnosed. As the majority of these people have never smoked symptoms are easily mistaken for other less serious conditions and the cancer is often diagnosed too late, when it has already spread.


Your support is so important, and you can help in many different ways.

Every pound you donate will make a difference in funding visionary research and vital wellbeing support to meet the practical, emotional and social needs of people with cancer.

You can make a donation of any amount at any time – either as a one-off or a regular payment. Alternatively, you can join one of our fundraising events, create your own event or volunteer and help make our events happen.