2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

From our tremendous volunteers, to significant program growth, to important research, this year’s Annual Meeting & Research Update from Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCINC) celebrated highlights from 2016 and plans for the coming year.  Held on Sunday, February 26 at the Brier Creek Country Club, more than 65 people including lung cancer survivors, advocates, health care specialists and pharmaceutical industry partners attended the event.

Amy Cipau, President and Founder, shared highlights from the past year.  In 2016, LCINC:

  • Co-funded $400,000 for research with The V Foundation
  • Hosted 8 events with more than 3,000 participants
  •  Awarded 3 Access Grants totaling $20,000 to Vidant Medical Center (Greenville), Cancer Services (Winston-Salem) and Community Health Coalition (Durham)
  • Distributed 300 gas cards to help lung cancer patients in treatment across 65 counties in North Carolina 

In 2016, LCINC also funded five Research Fellows totaling $125,000 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Levine Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center and Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

During the meeting, the five recipients shared updates on their research being conducted right here in North Carolina:

LCINC also thanked the many advocates and volunteers who are critical to the continued success of the organization including the following dedicated leaders who rotated off of the Board of Directors in 2016:

  • Tomma Hargraves, Survivor
  • Gary Hicks, Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities
  • Sandy Oehler, Survivor
  • Gerald Postema, UNC-Chapel Hill 

In addition, LCINC also recognized two very special volunteers.  “At the Lung Cancer Initiative Advocacy Summit in 2015, survivor, Justin Brian Nicholson wrote that his goal was to share his story with a wider audience.  And that's exactly what he's done,” said Khaki Stelton, LCINC Associate Director of Events who presented Justin Brian Nicholson of Garner with his Volunteer of the Year Award. “Justin Brian wrote a thank-you letter in our Valentine's Day eblast to his wife….  He spoke at the 2016 Evening of Hope Gala about family and survival….  He's truly gone the extra mile to spread awareness and put a face to lung cancer.” 

Mary Francis White of Greenville, NC was the second Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.  “From the very beginning, she has been active in the Greenville area in distributing our materials out in the community at health fairs and in doctors’ offices.  Mary Francis began a support group of lung cancer survivors and they continue to meet monthly.  Mary Francis also communicates with her survivors regularly and keeps them up to date on lung cancer news,” said Jenni Danai, LCINC Director of Programs.   

The 2017 Annual Meeting was a wonderful evening and we would like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors who helped to make it happen:

LCINC is looking forward to continuing this momentum and expanding our reach across the state over the coming year.

Stay tuned to see pictures from the event.  We will post a link here.

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