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Joan's Legacy: Strolling Supper

NBC’s Brian Williams – the evening’s host, Uniting Against Lung Cancer Board Member Roxanne Donovan, and WABC-NY’s

NBC’s Brian Williams – the evening’s host, Uniting Against Lung Cancer Board Member Roxanne Donovan, and WABC-NY’s
Bill Ritter.
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Over $900,000 Raised for Lung Cancer Research At

Joan’s Legacy: Strolling Supper


600 Guests Joined Brian Williams and Delbert McClinton
 to Knock Out Lung Cancer


(New York, NY – November 22, 2011) – More than 600 guests gathered to raise $920,000 for lung cancer research at the 9th annual “Strolling Supper with Blues and News” hosted by Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer. The event was held at Gotham Hall and commemorated Lung Cancer Awareness Month in New York City. Grammy award winning blues great Delbert McClinton gave a rousing performance, and New York news anchors Brian Williams and Bill Ritter rallied the crowd with their hopeful words.

“We are thankful for the great success of our Strolling Supper, and are pleased to fund the future of lung cancer research with the support of our friends and partners,” said Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE’s Tri-State Region and the President of the foundation. “Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, especially in women, and we will continue to direct our efforts towards raising funds and spreading awareness in the hopes of one day combating this terrible disease.”

NBC’s Brian Williams, host of the event, honored his late friend Joan Scarangello, a talented news writer for whom the foundation is named. Joan, a never-smoker, lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 47 in 2001. Williams went on to present the first of the evening’s two special awards. The Joanie Award honors excellence in journalism on the subject of lung cancer. This year’s recipient, Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated, wrote a heartfelt piece detailing the senior year of Jill Costello, a member of UC Berkley’s women’s crew team who continued the season despite fighting for her life. The article chronicled Jill’s courage and wisdom as she dealt with her lung cancer diagnosis.

Brian Williams also presented the foundation’s Caine Halter Hope Now Award, an annual award recognizing the efforts of research labs developing novel treatment options for lung cancer patients and survivors. This year’s winner, Dr. Matthew Meyerson of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in cancer genomics with a focus on lung cancer. He and his staff have identified mutations to the epidermal growth factor receptor, as well as a number of genes that drive lung and other cancers.

“This night continues to generate a feeling of hope for those currently suffering with lung cancer,” says Uniting Against Lung Cancer Executive Director Linda Wenger. “Each person in the room is in some way connected to the efforts put forth to cure lung cancer, proud of all that the foundation has accomplished.”

WABC-TV’s Bill Ritter remembered his mother, whom he lost to lung cancer. He has dedicated himself to raising the profile of lung cancer and the need for research. Mr. Ritter urged the crowd to sponsor Joan’s Legacy’s “Research by the Hour” program, which puts donations of as small as $25 to work directly on innovative new research grants at top cancer institutions around the US.

Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer was founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a non-smoker who lost her battle with lung cancer.  In just eight years, the foundation has awarded over $7.4 million in research grants for diagnosis, treatment and a cure for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the nation’s #1 cancer killer, claiming nearly 160,000 lives in the U.S. this year alone. For more information visit:


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