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Spring 2023

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You are an important member of our community, and we so appreciate the opportunity to keep in touch about what's happening in the lung cancer space. Thank you for your continued support!

New clinical trial approach fights barriers to entry
The National Cancer Institute is enrolling patients for its Pragmatica-Lung Study, which features a new trial design that removes many of the barriers that prevent people from joining clinical trials. This is big news because increased participation doesn't just improve health equity, the results better reflect the actual disease community.
#TogetherSeparately webinar focuses on barriers and disparities
Barriers to clinical trials and biomarker testing was also the topic of this week's #TogetherSeparately webinar. Dr. Devika Das from UAB Medicine in Birmingham, AL joined Dr. Isabel Preeshagul to discuss how to address these obstacles. Watch the recording and view previous topics, which include a two-part overview of the 2023 IASLC Targeted Therapies Meeting.
LCRF announces research collaboration with Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca
LCRF is partnering with Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca to fund up to three research grants focused on antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) to improve outcomes for people with lung cancer. ADCs are designed to specifically target cancer cells and selectively deliver a highly potent payload, which may limit damage to healthy cells. Early phase trials have shown promising results. Grant applications are being accepted through May 31.
All-new Living with Lung Cancer guidebook now available
Our comprehensive guide for patients with lung cancer has been fully revised and has a new title! Living with Lung Cancer is now available for order or download at this link, and you can also browse the booklet's content online. Topics cover everything from types of treatments available to coping with the emotions involved with a diagnosis and during treatment.
LCRF's Free to Breathe Walk is back!
Registration is now open for LCRF's Free to Breathe Walk series! Get your team together now and make your biggest impact ever on lung cancer research!
Kansas City Free to Breathe Walk | Saturday, Sept 30
Chicago Free to Breathe Walk | Sunday, Oct 1
Jersey Shore Free to Breathe Walk | Oct TBD
• Free to Breathe Anywhere Walk | you choose the time & place!
Gala honorees announced
Katerina Politi, PhD, and Colleen Conner Ziegler will be recognized at this year's Evening of Innovation gala. The gala is scheduled to take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, Sept 26 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Read more about our honorees' work here.
Lab tour at Northwestern
LCRF and Northwestern University welcomed research supporters for a lab tour and talk with scientists at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center / Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Jyota Patel, member of LCRF's Education + Engagement Committee, led the group.
LCRF announces calendar of education events for the lung cancer community
Join us for one of our in-person or livestream events! #TogetherSeparately will continue its series of webinars on lung cancer topics, and LCRF Together is expanding to three locations this year. Watch for details in your inbox, and visit to see what's open for registration.
Having adventures and living life
Gerri was preparing for a trip to Patagonia in 2017 when an abnormal X-ray led to her diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer. Since then, she has continued her hiking adventures. She says, "I am on my second bucket list!"

...Bill Mancini, whose pre-fight injury took him out of his boxing match at Friday's Liberty Bell Brawl. Despite that setback, he raised over $50K for lung cancer research!
...Jill Schroeder, Nicole Molinare, Sarah Tompkins, Erin Egan, Emma Noonan, Billie Kanfer, and Barbara Burke, who exceeded their Team LCRF fundraising goal while competing in the New York City Half Marathon.
...Dr. Cardinale Smith, Dr. Stephen Liu, Dr. Zofia Piotrowska, Dr. Susan Combs Scott, Dr. Joshua Reuss, and Dr. Devika Das for giving their time and expertise to this quarter's #TogetherSeparately webinars, and Dr. Isabel Preeshagul for her moderating skills!
...Jordan and Ryan Kurrle for hosting their 1st Annual Toss for a Cause: Cornhole Tournament in Annapolis, MD, raising over $10K to honor and remember Jordan's father, Alan.





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