On September 10, 2019, employees of the Nashville Districts of AstraZeneca Oncology hiked Grandfather Mountain to increase lung cancer awareness and raise donations for the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI).
In the first-ever “Stage 3 Mile Hike,” the employees of AstraZeneca Oncology, a company focused on using its research and development to deliver a new generation of medicines that have the potential to redefine cancer treatment, hiked three miles of an upward trajectory on one of the largest escarpments on the Eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"The Nashville Districts of AZ Oncology wanted to give back by doing a fundraiser for the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina," said Tom Kleinknecht, who came up with the idea to raise money for LCI through an intensive hike. "The work that Lung Cancer Initiative does for lung cancer patients inspired us to help your cause. It was something that we talked about during the planning process, raising money, and the hike of Grandfather Mountain."
The Stage 3 Mile Hike raised over $10,000 to support and further LCI’s mission of saving lives and providing support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. This generous gift of $10,000 helps LCI fund one Access Grant to assist institutions in improving access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, molecular testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals in the state of North Carolina.