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Fall 2022

Science News | Get Involved | Patient Journey

Spread the word: November is
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is often underestimated and misunderstood until it touches someone personally. November is the month where we put a spotlight on this disease that – contrary to popular opinion – can happen to anyone with lungs. Here are some of the ways you can help educate yourself and others, support research, and make a difference this month:
  • Attend LCRF's Scientific Symposium on Nov. 1. This free, virtual event will focus on biomarkers and biology.
  • Join the Lunges for Lung Cancer challenge on Facebook.
  • Share the facts about lung cancer. Follow LCRF on social media and re-share our awareness posts throughout the month. Tag us and use the hashtag #LCAM22.
  • Join friend of LCRF Laura Greco and her #DieCancerDie campaign. Learn more at Laura's lung cancer story is featured in this newsletter!
Lastest news in the lung cancer space
• The FDA approved a new, targeted drug for patients with HER-2 positive NSCLC, which could open the door to a new class of drugs. Learn more about this development.
• Scientists discovered one way air pollution can cause cancer, even in people who have never smoked. Read more about the study leading to this finding.
Free to Breathe Walk weekend is a wrap!
Survivors, caregivers, friends, family, medical staff, and other supporters gathered Oct. 22 throughout the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research. In-person walks took place in New York, Chicago, and the Jersey Shore; Kansas City's walk was Sept. 24. Others joined (and are still joining) the Free to Breathe Anywhere Walk, choosing their own date and location to walk. See the pictures and view the virtual walk video!
Inaugural gala celebrates science
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s inaugural Evening of Innovation gala celebrated scientific discovery, honored the work of lung cancer luminaries, and raised more than $655,000 for life-changing research. The event, emceed by Annabelle Gurwitch, honored Dr. Brendon Stiles (left in top photo, with Raymond J. McGuire). The LCRF Founders Award was presented to Dr. David Hidalgo (left in bottom photo, with Dr. Mark Kris). Isabella de la Houssaye (left photo) shared her experiences as a patient with Stage IV lung cancer.
Meet the marathoners!
In just over a week, Team LCRF marathoners will be running the TCS New York City Marathon! Learn all about this incredible group and why they are fundraising for lung cancer research. Want to join us Nov. 6 to cheer them on? Let us know, and we'll tell you where to find us:
20 minutes can make an impact
Oct. 17-23 was National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and thousands of people took the step to secure what they value most by creating an estate plan. It’s not too late for you to do the same! In 20 minutes, you create a legacy of purpose for the people and causes you love by creating your free will.
Announcing LCRF's Education + Engagement Committee
A select group of clinician, researcher, patient, caregiver, and advocate volunteers is tasked with ensuring LCRF provides the highest quality educational content for the lung cancer community. Read the announcement here.
Guides available in print and digital
Navigating clinical trials just got a little easier for patients with lung cancer – a new booklet outlines what to look for and what to expect. In addition, a one-page quick guide is available. Visit for the new resource, and to find trials near you.
Social media declaration inspires a movement: Die, Cancer, Die!
On September 23, 2022, Laura began her third assault on a brain tumor which had spread from the lung cancer she had been diagnosed with seven years ago. She put on the outfit she has worn for every first day of treatment since 2018: a simple black t-shirt with the words, “Die, Cancer, Die!” across the front. She had no idea the impact those words would have on other patients.
...our gala committee, Jen Cosgrove, Jill Furman, Reina Honts, Scott Morris, and Rose Ann Weinstein, for lending their expertise and making this inaugural event one to remember.
...Frank McKenna, who is sharing his love of wellness and movement with the lung cancer community during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Join one of his free movement classes Nov. 9, 10, or 16:
...our experts who have generously given their time to LCRF's #TogetherSeparately programs: Jorge Nieva, MD; Narjust Florez, MD; Marleen Meyers, MD; Jill Feldman; Isabel Preeshagul, DO, MBS; and Jyoti Patel, MD. Our next #TogetherSeparately livestream will be in December.
...all the walkers, speakers, and volunteers who made the 2022 Free to Breathe Walk program so powerful.




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