2018 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 2017 and plans for the coming year.  Held on Sunday, February 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton RTP, more than 65 people including lung cancer survivors, advocates, healthcare specialists and pharmaceutical industry partners attended the event.

Amy Cipau, President, and Founder, shared highlights from the past year.  In 2017, 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 $25,000 to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation (Charlotte), Randolph Health (Asheboro) and Community Health Coalition (Durham)
  • Distributed 356 gas cards to help lung cancer patients in treatment across 78 counties in North Carolina 

In 2017, 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:

  • Laurie Steffen, PhD of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    • Project title: Identifying Symptom Burden and Unmet Supportive Care Needs in Lung Cancer Patients on Immunotherapy
  • Emily Harrison, PhD of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Project title: Nanoparticle Delivery of Anti-Metastic miR-671 in Lung Squamous Carcinoma
  • Mufti N. Ahmad, MBBS of Levine Cancer Institute 
    • Project title: Exploration of Combined Tumor Mutational Burden Assessment and Peripheral Immune Profiling to Predict Clinical Outcomes to Immuno-Chemotherapy Agents in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
  • Rachel Jug, MB BCh BAO & Coral X Giovacchini, MD of Duke University Medical Center
    • Project title: PD-L1 Immunohistochemistry in NSCLC: Comparison of Cytology and Surgical Pathology
  • Aparna Hedge, MBBS of Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
    • Project title: PD-L1 Immunohistochemistry in NSCLC: Comparison of Cytology and Surgical Pathology


In addition, LCINC also recognized a very special volunteer. Our volunteer of the year is someone who has been a part of LCI for many years and has helped with everything from 5K events to researching and writing grants, advocate, Susan Moore. 

The Raleigh 5K chair Shannon Blankenship has said that “she is such a blessing to have as a volunteer since we know we can always count on her. She has such a great attitude and really just jumps in wherever we need her.” 

From a staff perspective, Jenni Danai has said "she was willing to share her expertise in grant writing and research.  She is a member of the Access grant committee and helped us research and write a community grant last year that we would have never had the time to do on our own.  When she visits the office, it always makes us smile. "

The 2018 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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