Press Conference Launch Event

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529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Fourth Estate Room
November 1, 2016
9 am – 10:15 am

As a leader of the lung cancer advocacy movement, you are invited to be a participant in a press conference kicking off Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The press conference begins at 9 am, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, in the Fourth Estate room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. A buffet breakfast will be served.

In addition to the new Lung Cancer Awareness Month collaborative initiative, the purpose of the press conference is give hope to the hundreds of thousands of people facing this disease by highlighting recent early detection breakthroughs, promising research and extraordinary treatment advances.

Shared objectives for Lung Cancer Awareness Month include:

  • Informing the public that anyone can get lung cancer
  • Raising funds and increasing resources for research
  • Reducing the mortality and the suffering caused by the number one cancer killer
  • Accentuating promising scientific advancements
  • Underscoring hope
  • Diminishing the stigma of lung cancer


Moderator: Dusty Donaldson, co-chair, Lung Cancer Action Network (LungCAN)

  • Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, CEO, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Karen Loss, Lung Cancer Survivor
  • Andrea Stern Ferris, President, LUNGevity
  • Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President, Lung Cancer Alliance
  • Kyle Hoylman, President, Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR)
  • Chris Draft, President, The Chris Draft Family Foundation
  • Paul Billings, American Lung Association, National Senior Vice President of Advocacy
Additional Lung Cancer Survivors:
  • Dusty Donaldson
  • Montessa Lee
  • Jackie Nixon
                                 Panelists and Survivors available for interviews immediately following the conference.
9 am – 9:10 am
  • Introductions
  • Welcome and breakfast
  • Moderator will introduce panelists and survivors.
9:10 am – 10:00 am

  • Dr. Fred Hirsch, LCAM Collaborative Campaign and Scientific Progress in Lung Cancer;
  • Karen Loss, Hope for Lung Cancer Patients
  • Andrea Stern Ferris, Lung Cancer Research Activities;
  • Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Lung Cancer Legislative Initiatives;
  • Kyle Hoylman, Radon Legislation;
  • Chris Draft, Changing the Face of Lung Cancer.
  • Paul Billings, Changing Hearts and Minds about Lung Cancer
10 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Interviews with panelists and survivors.

 Additional Information: Press kits available for media.

Lung cancer is more newsworthy now than ever before, making the National Press Club a fitting venue to kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In the heart of downtown between the White House, Washington Monument and Capitol Hill, the National Press Club hosts more than 2,000 events annually featuring global leaders in media, business, politics, sports and entertainment.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Dusty Donaldson at or 336.302.7714.

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