Awareness • Early Detection • Treatment • Research • Survivorship

Chris Draft speaks at the National Press Club

Chris Draft speaks at the National Press Club from TEAM DRAFT on Vimeo.

National Press Club Panel Event Kicks Off Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Survivors, researchers and advocates share their work
and promote awareness in Washington, DC

The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition will hold a joint event to mark the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and promote awareness and hope for the lung cancer community and the general public. Renowned lung cancer researchers and advocates, as well as individuals personally impacted by the disease, will come together for a buffet luncheon and panel discussions that highlight and celebrate recent breakthroughs, promising research and extraordinary treatment advances.

The event will be held at 12 PM EST on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in the Holeman Lounge, 13th floor of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. Members of the media are invited.
While cutting-edge research is inspiring hope for hundreds of thousands facing this disease, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. This kick-off event features two panel discussions, followed by a question and answer session. Panel topics include:
• Future of Lung Cancer Research & Treatment: The panel’s section will focus on a forward-looking discussion about what is next for the lung cancer advocacy community and how the month’s objectives push that mission ahead. Scientific experts will include Dr. Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, CEO of the IASLC, and Melissa Culligan, RN, MS, Chair of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum (ITONF), as well as leading patient advocate subject experts and survivors. Q&A will follow the panel.
• Future of Lung Cancer Advocacy: This panel will focus on patient-contibutions to research, how public ignorance can make advocacy difficult but also more important, and patient-led awareness intiatives. K. Latzka, Lung Cancer Survivor and Advocate will be featured, along with other leading advocate & scientific experts. A five minute Q&A will follow the panel.
To complement the kick-off event, lung cancer advocates will hold a rally on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Thursday, November 2, 2017 as a visual representation of the 433 lives lost to lung cancer each day and to draw attention to the need for more awareness and research funding. For more information about the event and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, please visit