IASLC Foundation

The IASLC Foundation

Established in 2014, the IASLC Foundation supports the funding of research fellowships, Young Investigator awards and the IASLC Foundation Cancer Care Team Award.

Our Impact


Donations to the IASLC Foundation support the education of research fellows - who are the next generation of lung cancer physicians and scientists. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes outstanding cancer care teams around the world. Our goal is to accelerate the pace of research in the study of thoracic malignancies and reduce the lung cancer mortality rate. 

Our organization has given nearly $3.5 million to lung cancer research, and that number is on the rise. 

Every dollar you give to the Foundation goes straight to research. Our goals are large, but with the support of the IASLC membership, corporations, private foundations, survivors and family members we will meet this challenge!



TIN: 46-41-69885  |  2017 Donors   |   IASLC Foundation Board  |    Donor Benefits



Foundation Highlights


The Road to Hope Gala


Join us on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado, to celebrate the first gala in support of the John’s Legacy Fellowship.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, followed by heavy appetizers, live entertainment and a silent auction. Enjoy a private concert by country artist Buckstein, His music will get your toes tappin' and your feet dancing.  

“Supporting the John’s Legacy Fellowship helps create HOPE for lung cancer patients by funding research in early detection and treatment.”

- Lauren Fisher, IASLC Foundation Board Member


From left: Christine Hann, Russell Hales, Marilyn Holman, Matt Holman, Hanika Reyes Rodavia


Marilyn Holman was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2016. After the diagnosis she and her husband, Dr. Matthew Holman, began searching for leading cancer teams in the U.S. who could provide the best care possible. They selected the John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Due to the extraordinary quality of care Marilyn received during her treatment, the pair wanted to recognize their cancer team with an industry-recognized award, but at the time, there was no such public recognition. Through a collaboration between Dr. Holman, Marilyn and Dr. Fred Hirsch, the Cancer Care Team Award was conceived in conjunction with the IASLC Foundation. This award seeks to recognize instances where lung cancer patients receive outstanding patient care from multidisciplinary teams. What makes this award unique is that teams are nominated by patients and/or advocates.

The IASLC Foundation’s Cancer Care Team Award continues to honor care teams around the world for their contribution in the field of lung cancer. The prestigious Cancer Care Team Award helps newly-diagnosed lung cancer patients locate options for the best cancer care, and aims to recognize collaborative, team-based care. Marilyn and Matt have made a significant impact for lung cancer patients globally, and the IASLC will honor Marilyn Holman during the award presentation at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Toronto, Canada.

Regretfully, Marilyn passed away on June 22, 2018, after a nearly two-year battle with lung cancer. Her giving nature was exemplified in the Cancer Care Team Award.

The IASLC expresses a huge thank you to Marilyn and Matt Holman. You will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.



The IASLC Foundation has secured an astounding $43,607 in contributions towards our $50,000 goal to fund a research fellowship in honor of Dr. Heine H. Hansen’s incredible contributions to lung cancer research. The foundation hopes to secure enough donations to award the Heine H. Hansen Fellowship at the IASLC 20th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona, Spain, in 2019. 

The fellowship is designed to honor the lifetime work of Heine H. Hansen, a founder of the IASLC and a mentor to many who work in the lung cancer field. Help the IASLC Foundation fund the research of a promising young investigator while also contributing to the legacy of this seminal oncologist. 

Donate to the Heine H. Hansen Fellowship 



People frequently tell Anne that she doesn’t look like she has cancer. They think that she has been “cured.” The truth is that there is no cure for stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Still, she is receiving excellent treatment near her home in Colorado, and her current medication is working well.

Anne is working hard to increase lung cancer awareness and raise money for much needed research. She participated in the Chris Draft Foundation Super Bowl Challenge and won fourth place! She named the IASLC Foundation as the beneficiary of her efforts and has raised 73% of her 10,000 goal. Help Anne reach her goal and donate today!

Read about Anne's story



IASLC CEO Dr. Fred R. Hirsch (left) accepts the gift from Lauren Fisher (middle) and Troy Miller, Executive Director of ICOR.

At the IASLC 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Yokohama, Japan, Dr. Fred Hirsch announced that, after much anticipation, the John Fisher Legacy Fellowship will be awarded in 2018. 

The John Fisher Legacy Fellowship was conceived by John Fisher's wife, Lauren Fisher, in honor of her late husband. Lauren is a current IASLC Foundation board member who has worked tirelessly to raise funds to establish the fellowship. 

With the help of ICOR (Investment Community of the Rockies), who are business associates of her late husband, Lauren's hard work will pay off in 2018 when the John Fisher Legacy Fellowship is awarded to a researcher focusing on lung cancer early detection and screening. Learn more


Kathy Weber raising awareness for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


IASLC has partnered with over 25 organizations around the world for a cohesive campaign that will truly bring lung cancer awareness to the forefront of the public's attention. Here at the IASLC Foundation, I, AnnMarie Estrada, Development Director of the IASLC Foundation, am working with IASLC Board member Kathy Weber to elevate awareness and raise $60,000 to fund a research fellowship in 2018. Her campaign will be mainly focused on social media, but she is also reaching out to her personal network via email and in-person meetings. You can follow Kathy on Facebook Kathy Weber (Lunka) and Twitter @KWebFightClick here to read more about Kathy and get involved in her campaign. You can check out all that is going on for LCAM at www.lcam.org


To learn more, please contact Development Director AnnMarie Estrada at AnnMarie.Estrada@iaslc.org or Foundation Coordinator Emily Petoskey at Emily.Petoskey@iaslc.org