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Local Club Donates $1,000 to IASLC Foundation

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Local Club Donates $1,000 to IASLC Foundation
Football Fans Show Support for Lung Cancer Survivor

COLORADO SPRINGS – A Colorado-based Cleveland Browns fan club, the Pikes Peak Browns Backers, chose the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Foundation as one of the recipients of its annual charity donation in a show of support of club member Lisa Moran, a 44-year-old lung cancer survivor. The gift will help IASLC in its mission to find ways to conquer thoracic malignancies worldwide.

Lung cancer survivor Lisa Moran (left) and the Pikes Peak Browns Backers presenting IASLC Director of Finance John Skadow (middle) with their gift to the IASLC Foundation.The Pikes Peak Browns Backers is a non-profit organization that actively supports and positively promotes the Cleveland Browns. Lisa, a devoted Browns fan, moved to Colorado from Dayton, Ohio in 1999 and joined the group soon after. To honor her battle with lung cancer, Pikes Peak Browns Backers gave $1,000 to the IASLC Foundation as part of its annual charity donation during the final game of the regular NFL season. Pictured right are Lisa (left) and the Pikes Peak Browns Backers presenting IASLC Director of Finance John Skadow (middle) with their gift to the IASLC Foundation.

Founded in 2014, the IASLC Foundation provides fellowships to researchers all over the world to help them find new ways to conquer lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, helping extend patient lifespans and giving them new hope. The IASLC has provided more than 80 groundbreaking researchers internationally with fellowships since 2000.

“We are honored to receive this generous gift. It supports us in our important mission to help patients like Lisa with their struggle,” 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. “Lisa is an inspiration and we know her example gives hope to many others facing the same challenges.”

Doctors diagnosed Lisa with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in August 2015. At the time, Lisa was very active, part of a runner’s club and a city letter carrier on walking routes. Weeks before her diagnosis she climbed the Manitou Incline and ran down the Barr Trail. While surgery is not currently an option for Lisa’s lung cancer, she’s undergone radiation treatments and is taking an EGFR inhibitor, which targets a specific mutation in her tumors. Lisa continues to participate in running activities, including the Run the Rocks 5k and a 6k trail race.

“With good doctors, the latest treatments and my positive attitude, I am continuing to live an active, otherwise healthy life with lung cancer,” Lisa said.  

Personalized therapies like Lisa’s EGFR inhibitor are a growing trend in lung cancer treatments. The only way to find new options for targeted therapy is to support research, which is the main focus of the IASLC Foundation.

Based in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Browns Backers is part of Browns Backers Worldwide, one of the largest organized fan clubs in professional sports. The local club has more than 100 members and raises funds through membership fees and raffles. In its 23-year history, the Pikes Peak Browns Backers has donated over $30,000 in cash, food and toys to different organizations and charities. Learn more at pikespeakbrownsbackers.com.

 

About the IASLC
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global organization dedicated to the study of lung cancer. Founded in 1974, the association's membership includes more than 4,500 lung cancer specialists in over 90 countries. Visit www.iaslc.org for more information.

 

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January 12, 2016