LUNGevity Foundation brought together researchers, survivors, and funders for the Celebration of Hope Gala at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The event celebrated the extraordinary progress in lung cancer research that gives survivors reason to hope. 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.
EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk met Face of Hope Award winner and iconic fashion designer Donna Karan at the First Ladies Luncheon. Vivian says, "Donna Karan embodies 'a philosophy of caring,' her motto for Urban Zen. I congratulate her for her work leading to this award, helping to bring attention to these important causes to bring about positive change, improving lives of so many people."
NBC4 News Anchor David Ushery emceed the event, sharing with gala guests the personal story of his father's death from lung cancer. Program participants included Foundation President and Chairman Andrea Ferris, 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.
LUNGevity Foundation President and Chairman Andrea Ferris 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 United States and around the world.
NBC4 News Anchor David Ushery’s remarks mirrored this sentiment as he addressed the survivors, caregivers, advocates, and supporters in attendance, noting that "your inspiration and help will ensure that we continue to make the progress that is creating a brighter future for all who are affected by lung cancer."
-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
LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease. Their vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer.
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