FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Contact: Heather Hooper
Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
Hope for Leading Cause of Cancer Related Deaths
November 15, 2016 (Raleigh, NC) – It can be a frightening experience when receiving a cancer diagnosis. But when it is one that is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and takes more lives than, breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, many lose hope at the sound of hearing that they have lung cancer. That shouldn’t be the case.
Anne Marie Byrd relapsed after 2 ½ years of being cancer free but this time, research allowed her to not have to endure the harsh side effects from chemotherapy treatments. Instead, she had immunotherapy infusions which allowed her own immune system to fight her lung cancer and she is now cancer free.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is proud to partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund ground breaking research right here in North Carolina. This partnership will lead to more success stories such as Anne Marie Byrd’s and give hope to other lung cancer survivors. The V Foundation for Cancer Research has matched Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s $200,000 grant, totaling $400,000 devoted to researching this cause.
“We are so excited to be a part of this changing landscape in lung caner research. We need more people clamoring for research dollars and raising awareness of this disease in order to save lives and improve quality of life for patients living with this disease,” says Heather Hooper, Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.
The 2016 grant recipients are Chad Pecot, MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his research on targeting the immune microenvironment to treat squamous cancers; and Jeffrey Clarke, MD at Duke University for his research on the identification of genetic determinants for disparities in African-American patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Additional details on the research projects can be found at https://www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org/2016-research-collaboration.
Since 2008, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina has funded over $1.1 million towards lung cancer research.
About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. For more information, please visit us at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org
About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.