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Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and the V Foundation for Cancer Research Announce Third Partnership
Organizations Will Fund Research on Disparities Among African-American Lung Cancer Patients
RALEIGH, N.C. (November 8, 2017) – Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, the state’s leading nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, is pleased to announce its third partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity. Through this collaboration, the organizations will fund two lung cancer grants, each $200,000 that will support research by Edward Kim, M.D., FACP, and David Foureau, Ph.D., at Levine Cancer Institute; and Qingyi Wei, M.D., Ph.D., at Duke Cancer Institute. These grants will fund research on disparities among African-Americans, with a focus on lung cancer patients in North Carolina, a cause that the two organizations have partnered on in the past.
In the United States, lung cancer claims more lives than any other cancer and more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined, and there is a higher incidence of lung cancer and death from lung cancer in African-Americans compared to all other ethnic groups. Since 2008, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina has raised more than $1.4 million for lung cancer research.
“We are honored to collaborate again with the V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund these two research grants,” says Paige Humble, Executive Director of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. “Through continued funding of important research, we aim to find new treatments for patients and, bring more important interest to clinical research in lung cancer.
The V Foundation’s funding comes from the Richard Jones Fund and the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. Mary Ella Jones established the Richard Jones Fund in 2012 with a $50,000 pledge to the V Foundation after the passing of her husband, Richard Foster Jones, a 10-year lung cancer survivor. The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund honors the late celebrated ESPN sportscaster and University of North Carolina graduate and assists some of the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted communities battling cancer.
“We are so pleased to be able to co-fund impactful lung cancer research in memory of Stuart Scott right here in North Carolina,” said Carole Wegner, VP of Research and Grants Administration at the V Foundation.
The grants, each $200,000, will support research by Dr. Edward Kim and David Foureau at the Levine Cancer Institute and Dr. Qingyi Wei at the Duke Cancer Institute. Lung cancer treatment has dramatically changed, particularly with the introduction of immunotherapies aimed at jump starting a patient’s immune system to fight cancer. Along with the development of new treatments, biomarkers have become increasingly important to disease sub-typing and evaluation.
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, or to get involved, visit 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 $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
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