IASLC Foundation Receives $25,000 Donation to Spur Lung Cancer Research
Overview of the John F. Fisher Legacy Fellowship
In January 20th, 2016, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Foundation graciously accepted a gift of $25,600 to help find new and better lung cancer treatments in honor of the memory of a Denver-area lung cancer patient who had recently passed away.
Doctors diagnosed John F. Fisher (pictured right) with lung cancer in August 2015 and he passed away within a few weeks. His lung cancer diagnosis came as a shock to John and his wife, Lauren. Lauren has taken up the mantle to spread the word of John’s Legacy. John’s Legacy is a fund established in memory of John’s life objective to make a difference in the lives of others.
The IASLC Foundation is honored to be one of the organizations benefiting from money raised by John’s Legacy. Founded in 2014, the IASLC Foundation provides fellowships to researchers worldwide to help them find new ways to conquer lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, helping extend patient lifespans and providing new hope. The IASLC has provided more than 80 groundbreaking researchers internationally with fellowships since 2000.
“It is moving and humbling to receive this gift from Lauren Fisher in the memory of her husband. Cases like John’s are the reason we work so hard to find new and better ways to help those with lung cancer,” said Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and School of Medicine and CEO of the IASLC. “We will do whatever we can to honor John’s legacy by seeking groundbreaking treatments for those facing the battle with lung cancer.”
John Fisher worked in real estate investing and made monumental contributions to the Denver real estate investment environment. The gift to the IASLC Foundation was from both John’s Legacy and the Investment Community of the Rockies (ICOR), which John was involved with during his life. Pictured right, Dr. Hirsch accepts the gift from Lauren Fisher and Troy Miller, Executive Director of ICOR.
“I lost my husband to lung cancer within one month of diagnosis. Desperate for help, I contacted Dr. Hirsch, but unfortunately it was too late,” Lauren Fisher said. “Wanting to learn more about current treatment to fight this disease, I met Dr. Hirsch. I felt compelled to make a contribution and with the help of John’s business associates, we were able to raise money to offer this donation to IASLC. We hope significant research results from this gift in memory of John Fisher.”
John’s passion for music also continued up until his death. He was a member of an acapella choir for nearly 20 years and he began playing the guitar as a teenager. John was very active and participated in a 500-mile bicycle ride across Iowa, where he was born, five times. His main goal in his life was to make a difference and the foundation created in his name continues that spirit.