About LCRF

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting lung cancer research. Our mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.

History of LCRF

In 2015, the original Lung Cancer Research Foundation and Uniting Against Lung Cancer merged to form the Foundation as it is today.

Both organizations were born out of personal connections to the disease and a belief that innovative research is key to ridding the world of lung cancer. Since inception, LCRF and UALC have funded hundreds of grants across the spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research at leading medical institutions around the world. As a result of this funding, grant recipients have received significant follow-on funding from the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society, among others.

With strong individual track records of funding lung cancer research, the organizations can now combine their expertise, resources and networks to have an even greater impact on the disease.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Founded in 2001, Uniting Against Lung Cancer was originally named Joan’s Legacy in honor of Joan Scarangello McNeive, a gifted journalist and passionate advocate for lung cancer research. After losing her mother, a nonsmoker, to lung cancer, Joan vowed to fight the disease and find a cure. A nonsmoker herself, she passed away 20 years later at age 47 from the same disease. To honor her memory and carry on her mission, Joan’s family and friends created Joan’s Legacy. The organization officially became Uniting Against Lung Cancer in 2009 after joining forces with a number of like-minded partners across the country, and in 2015, merged with LCRF.

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Laurie C. Carson founded the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in 2005. Laurie was a passionate leader in the field whose vision and commitment to championing increased lung cancer research was driven by the deaths, six months apart, of both her brother and uncle to the disease. In 2000, Laurie launched Steps for Breath, the first run-walk for lung cancer research and awareness in the country. In five years, the initiative raised $1.7 million for thoracic oncology studies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Building on that success with the help of friends and former colleagues, Laurie expanded her efforts across the country and created LCRF. Steps for Breath has since evolved into Strides for Life, one of LCRF’s cornerstone events.