Twelfth Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) hosted its Twelfth Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon, raising nearly $600,000. Approximately 250 guests gathered at The Pierre in New York City to celebrate the innovative research projects the organization will fund in 2017. This year LCRF awarded $1.6 million grants which will go towards projects aimed at improving lung cancer patient outcomes.

Heidi Gruelich, PhD, Senior Group Leader at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, delivered the keynote address and Chris Draft, Founder, President and CEO of The Chris Draft Family Foundation, Co-founder of Team Draft, NFL Ambassador and former NFL linebacker, spoke passionately about the importance of being a lung cancer advocate and also honored the  many lung cancer survivors in attendance.  

The 10 award recipients were selected among an impressive group and two received LCRF’s highest honors - Nikhil Joshi, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, received the Scientific Merit Award and Christopher Maher, PhD, Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine and Assistant Director of the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University, received the William C. Rippe award.

During the event, several LCRF board members joined Nancy Sanford, LCRF Executive Director, to acknowledge the awardees and the importance of lung cancer research, including Board Chair Brendon M. Stiles, MD, Vice Chair Kimberly Kravis, Vice Chair Laure Sudreau, Scientific Advisory Board Chair James M. Dougherty, MD, and Past Board Chair Pippa G. Gerard, took to the stage to acknowledge the impact and ongoing importance of LCRF’s Scientific Grant Program. 

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