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!



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Foundation Highlights


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IASLC Foundation Fellowship Applications Now Open! 

John's Legacy Fellowship was established to encourage early-detection and screening of lung cancer to become a standard-of-care in annual physicals. The fellowship was conceived by IASLCF board member Lauren Fisher in memory of her late husband, John Fisher. The John's Legacy Fellowship is a one-year, $50,000 award for research focusing on the early-detection and screening of lung cancer. Apply here!

The IASLC Foundation Fellowship and Young Investigator Awards provide funding for fellows and young investigators who wish to pursue a career in lung cancer diagnosis, treatment or laboratory research, as well as other aspects of the study of lung tumors. The awards are one-year, $50,000 grants focused on lung cancer research. There are six awards available, three Fellowships and three Young Investigator Awards. Apply here!

Applications are open October 1 – December 15, 2018.

Don’t miss out on these incredible opportunities!


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

This November, a consortium of lung cancer organizations, along with patients, survivors, and their family members, have come together to raise awareness and hope regarding the new scientific and research advances that are saving lives. Visit www.LCAM.org to learn more!


Please join the IASLC for an Open House to support Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2018 (LCAM).

When: Wednesday November 28, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver
13200 East 14th Place
Aurora Colorado, USA 80011

RSVP: Please email your attendance and number of guests to membership@iaslc.org by November 21, 2018.

We hope to see you there!


The Road to Hope Gala


The IASLC Foundation announces the postponement of the Road to Hope Gala event supporting lung cancer research in memory of John Fisher, originally scheduled for December 8, 2018. In light of recent organizational changes at the IASLC, including a rebranding of the Foundation, we’re taking an opportunity now to reflect, restructure and plan our own road forward.

Watch for the new event date to be announced in early 2019!


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 


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