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Summer 2023

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The year is halfway finished, and we've already seen so much movement in the lung cancer space. And your support is what's making it happen! Thank you for your continued commitment to patients and families.

Exciting news in lung cancer research
ADAURA trial shows promise for early-stage EGFR+ patients
Earlier this summer, everyone seemed to be talking about the results of the phase 3, double-blind ADAURA trial. The trial showed increased survival for patients who had surgery for their early-stage EGFR+ lung cancer, through a once-a-day pill regimen. Find out more. You can also watch our July #TogetherSeparately webinar about other developments from the ASCO Annual Meeting.

Discovery could lead to new ways to fight drug resistance
A LCRF-funded study may have uncovered a potential therapeutic strategy that could prevent or delay acquired resistance to lung cancer targeted therapy. 2020 LCRF grantee Dr. Hideko Isozaki published this work in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. Learn what it means.

Executive Update: Research Roundup
LCRF Executive Director Aubrey Rhodes and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Toni Wozniak had an informative conversation about some of the work being done by LCRF grantees. Watch the video (transcript also available).
LCRF and ALK Positive to provide
$2 million, 3-year research grant   
The ALK Positive/LCRF Lung Cancer Research Award on Innovative Therapeutic Strategies to Treat ALK Positive Lung Cancers is the result of an expansion of the two groups' ongoing partnership. This new grant will support work investigatating novel new treatment approaches for ALK-driven lung cancers.
LCRF names new Executive Director
Aubrey Rhodes was appointed Executive Director of LCRF after Dennis Chillemi announced his retirement from the position July 1. She previously served as LCRF's Senior Vice President of Strategy, and has been part of the organization since 2016.
Carebox Connect web application matches patients to clinical trials
LCRF now offers an easy and effective way to search for and match to potentially relevant trials. Patients using the Carebox web application answer 10 questions about their condition, then instantly see which of over 1,000 actively recruiting clinical trials could be a match for them.
Upcoming #TogetherSeparately educational programming
LCRF's #TogetherSeparately livestreams covered a wide range of topics of interest to patients and caregivers this summer, and more are on the way this fall! These free, real-time webinars, moderated by Dr. Isabel Preeshagul, invite guest experts to connect with the lung cancer community.

Next #TogetherSeparately events
Sept 18 | 4 PM ET Treatment Options, with Drs. Jacob Kaufman, Robert E. Merritt, and Jeremy Brownstein
Sept 21 | 12 PM ET Spanish-language program, with Drs. Coral Olazagasti and Estelamari Rodriguez
Oct 4 | 5 PM ET World Conference on Lung Cancer Recap, with Drs. Jyoti Patel and Jessica Lin
Dec 6 | 3 PM ET Integrative Therapies, with Dr. Narjust Florez
Free to Breathe Walk is almost here!
It's time to register and make your biggest impact ever on lung cancer research! You can walk anywhere, anytime in the Free to Breathe Anywhere Walk. (We even have someone walking in Germany!) You can also walk with us in person, in the nation's heartland:
Kansas City Free to Breathe Walk | Saturday, Sept 30
Chicago Free to Breathe Walk | Sunday, Oct 1

A special thanks to all our Free to Breathe Walk sponsors!
National Walk Series & Anywhere Walk: Pfizer | Merck | Novocure
Chicago: Northwestern Medicine - Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center | Bristol Myers Squibb | Mirati Therapeutics | Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center | NorthShore University HealthSystem - Kellogg Cancer Center | Rush
Kansas City: Blue Cross Blue Shield of of Kansas City | Party It Up Entertainment
Elliot's Legacy celebrates 16th year
The 16th annual Elliot's Legacy, a beachside family carnival featuring kite flying in memory of Elliot Chalmé A'H, took place August 20. More than 500 people flew kites and enjoyed popular carnival rides, games, and activities. Since the event's inception in 2007, the Chalmé family has raised close to $8 million for lung cancer research.
Gala to take place Sept 26 in NYC
Tickets are still available for LCRF's Evening of Innovation gala on Tuesday, Sept 26 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Honorees are Katerina Politi, PhD, and Colleen Conner Ziegler. Deadline for advertising in the keepsake journal is Sept 6.
Mindfulness when facing loss
On Dec 6, LCRF and CancerCare will host a livestream conversation on mindfulness for people who have lost someone. Drop in for casual conversation and share ideas for treating ourselves gently, honor our loved ones, and look toward the future.
August is National Make-A-Will Month
The month is ending, but any time is a good time to create or update your will. With a legal will, you can approach the future with peace of mind by having a plan that communicates your wishes, provides for your loved ones, and sustains the causes you believe in. LCRF has partnered with FreeWill to make it easier than ever to start your will and make your most important plan for the future.
Finding hope in what's coming next
Wendy will mark 7 years with lung cancer next month, and LCRF is honored to highlight her story. In the meantime, we were so inspired by her words of advice that we are sharing a sneak preview.

...Gambrelle Snyder and her team for hosting their 3rd Annual Manhattan Strides for Life event and raising over $5K! Team JPS Bubbles has raised an impressive $117K since 2014.
...Tommy McNamara and his Major League Soccer Team, the New England Revolution, for hosting LCRF friends at their July 21 match with DC United.
...the Rubino family, who held their 3rd annual golf tournament in memory of Gregory Rubino, raising $14K for research.
...Dr. Narjust Florez, Dr. Sydney Barned, Dr. Kathryn Gold, Dr. Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack, and Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah for giving their time and expertise to this quarter's #TogetherSeparately webinars, and as always, Dr. Isabel Preeshagul for moderating!
...Dr. Benjamin Levy for lending his expertise to LCRF Together DC and Dr. Joan Schiller for moderating the event.
...our panel of experts, Dr. Jessica Donington, Dr. Nisha Mohindra, Dr. Melanie M. Smith, and Dr. Laila A. Gharzai; and moderator Ivy Elkins for speaking at LCRF Together Chicago.





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