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LUNGevity Foundation’s Celebration of Hope Gala Spotlights Advancements In Lung Cancer Research
The 2014 Celebration of Hope Gala, an event that celebrated major advancements in lung cancer research and spread hope to the lung cancer community, took place on Oct. 15 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
Attended by researchers, survivors and funders, the upscale benefit was held by the LUNGevity Foundation, a charity that connects people to lung cancer survivorship through research, education and support.
David Ushery, NBC4 New York anchor and reporter, emceed the event. Ushery shared his personal story of his father’s death from lung cancer, which led him to become so actively involved in the LUNGevity Foundation and the fight against lung cancer.
Andrea Ferris, president and chairman of LUNGevity Foundation, presented the Face of Hope Award to Donna Karan for the Urban Zen Foundation, which she founded in response to her husband’s battle with lung cancer. While the doctors treated the disease, Karan saw a critical need to treat the patient and as she noted, “return the ‘care’ to healthcare.” Through a holistic approach to health and lung cancer treatment, Urban Zen Foundation has made a meaningful difference for those living with the disease.
Senior Vice President for US Oncology Teresa Bitetti accepted the Hope Award for Corporate Leadership on behalf of Bristol-Myers Squibb, in recognition of its corporate commitment to lung cancer communities across the nation and around the world.
“This year’s Celebration of Hope Gala far exceeded our expectations,” Ferris told New York Smash. “To have leaders that are making a difference in how lung cancer is treated, from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation to pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb, join together in the name of lung cancer survivorship speaks volumes of the progress that has been made in lung cancer awareness and treatment.”
Stage IV lung cancer survivor Chip Kennett applauded Bristol-Myers Squibb and the lung cancer research community for its vigilance in conducting innovative research and clinical trials that extend survivors lives, including his own.
Other program participants included Event Chairs Ashley and Jason Bernhard, Honorary Chair Mrs. John Updike and Gala Vice Chairs Rachel and Alexander Stern. Guests included Richard Gormley and Sulaika Zarrouk, Kelly Gerstenhaber, Pauline and Marshall Brown, and Gabby Karan De Felice and Gianpaolo De Felice, among others.
For more information about LUNGevity Foundation, please visit www.LUNGevity.org.
Lung Cancer Facts
· 1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
· More than 224,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
· About 60% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
· Lung cancer kills more people than the next three cancers (colorectal, breast, and pancreatic) combined
· Only 17% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, but if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves dramatically
*Information provided by the LUNGevity Foundation.