NEW YORK (November 9, 2017) – On Wednesday, November 8, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) held its Fifteenth Annual Strolling Supper at Gotham Hall in New York City. During the event, LCRF announced its recent merger with Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization. By coming together, the new LCRF will make an even greater impact on closing the funding gap for lung cancer research.
LCRF Board Chair Brendon M. Stiles, MD delivered the news of the merger in a video titled, Together, which debuted during the Strolling Supper. “Together, the new Lung Cancer Research Foundation will help forge the kinds of strong personal connections between patients, families, clinicians, caregivers, and scientists that we already know dramatically improve patients’ lives and experiences,” said Dr. Stiles. “And together, one day we will win our long, good fight against lung cancer.”
The Fifteenth Annual Supper raised over $1.2 million for lung cancer research. WABC’s Bill Ritter hosted this year’s event, which was attended by more than 500 people. Guests enjoyed a special performance by Tony Award-Nominee and Television Star, Norm Lewis, accompanied by Joseph Joubert.
“By uniting with Free to Breathe, we are a more powerful organization and have a truly national reach,” said Mary Ann Tighe, Vice Chair, LCRF’s Board of Directors. “We are committed to being the leading nonprofit funder of lung cancer research in the country. I look forward to the great work we will accomplish together.”
LCRF hosts 50 public events annually across the country. The Strolling Supper is part of LCRF’s New York event series, which also includes the Strides for Life Run/Walk, the Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon, Elliot’s Legacy: Kites for a Cure and the Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk.
This year’s Strolling Supper’s Research Grant sponsors included: Blum Family Foundation on behalf of Richard C. Blum and Senator Dianne Feinstein; Broad Street Development, Raymond Chalmé and Daniel Blanco; CBRE; CBRE New York Consulting & Agency Groups; The Durst Organization; The Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation; Marjorie and Roy Furman; Greenlight Capital, Inc.; The Judy and Fred Wilpon Foundation; Michael R. Pascucci Lung Cancer Association; Office of Dr. David Hidalgo; Pershing Square Capital Management, LP; Silverstein Properties, Inc.; The Tighe Hidalgo Foundation; Tishman Speyer; Tom Zangas Memorial Lung Cancer Foundation
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About the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation is the pre-eminent national nonprofit focused on funding innovative, high-reward research with the potential to extend survival and improve quality of life for people with lung cancer. The organization’s mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
To date, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation has provided 342 grants, totaling nearly $34 million to institutions around the world for critical lung cancer research. In addition to funding lung cancer research, the organization focuses on lung cancer awareness and education programs. The Foundation will host over 50 public events nationwide through the Free to Breathe Event Series.
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