Annual Fan Award
The mission of Upstage Lung Cancer is to raise awareness and research funds for early detection and innovative treatments of lung cancer. We use music and the performing arts to accomplish our mission; therefore, we have designed the elegant etched glass Fan Award in homage to the elaborate fans that graced the stages of grand music hall productions, like the Ziegfeld Follies. Upstage Lung Cancer presents our Fan Award to honor a person or organization that has played a leadership role in pursuit of either a cure for lung cancer or in increasing public awareness and destigmatizing lung cancer. Below are our recipients.
2014 Recipient Jordan Rich eceived this year’s Fan Award for using his celebrity to speak out, raise awareness, and help educate the public about lung cancer. Mr. Rich is a 36-year Boston radio broadcast veteran. Since1996, he has hosted a popular, all-night radio show on the CBS affiliate, WBZ AM 1030. His loyal audience spans 38 states and Canada. As an unwavering supporter of Upstage Lung Cancer’s efforts since we began, he has made public service radio announcements, invited us to appear on his show to talk about lung cancer, and also serves as emcee for our Spring event, “Sing Out! Youth Music Festival.” He ardently encourages listeners to attend lung cancer events and to get involved. Jordan personally knows the pressing need for lung cancer research, having lost Wendy, his wife of 31 years, to this deadly disease. Wendy’s courage in the face of many years of treatment has inspired Jordan to take action. We are grateful for Jordan’s advocacy efforts and we honor him for all of his hard work to fight lung cancer.
2013 Recipient Vincent Miller, MD is a world leader in lung cancer research and treatment and clinical trial design and interpretation. As Chief Medical Officer for Foundation Medicine, Dr. Miller has dedication, passion and singular expertise in bringing molecular profiling to the everyday treatment of lung cancer patients. His work in clinical and translational research in lung cancer culminated in observations and collaborative efforts critical to identification of EGFR sensitizing and resistance mutations. Dr. Miller has authored and co-authored numerous abstracts, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research and the Journal of Clinical Oncology..
Foundation Medicine is a vanguard molecular information company focused on fundamentally changing the way patients with cancer are treated. Their initial product, FoundationOne™, uses next generation sequencing to identify all classes of genomic alterations in hundreds of cancer-related genes. These genomic profile results enable the physician to match targeted therapies and clinical trials to each individual patient based on the most recent scientific and medical research. Foundation Medicine is leading the way towards personalized cancer diagnosis and treatment.
2012 Recipient Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD, is a dedicated cardiothoracic surgeon and is tireless in her efforts to save lives and empower women to fight lung cancer. She has received numerous awards and honors for her surgical research and innovations to treat lung cancer. She is named on two joint patents and has received more than 21 grants. Along with Dr. Francine Jacobson, she founded Women’s Lung Cancer Forum for lung cancer survivors, their friends, and relatives. The Forum’s focus is awareness, education, and empowerment. Watch and listen to Dr. Colson Receiving Upstage Lung Cancer’s Fan Award.
2011 Recipient Deborah Morosini, MD, is a passionate and dedicated patient advocate for lung cancer. Her younger sister, Dana Reeve (who was married to actor Christopher Reeve), was a healthy nonsmoker when she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Dana died 7 months after her diagnosis. Dr. Morosini turned her grief into determination to educate the general public and bring increased compassion and support to this neglected, underfunded, and lethal cancer, lung cancer. She decried blaming lung cancer patients for their disease. “I feel so moved to ask all of us to make a commitment to open our hearts to people suffering from this disease, to increasing the awareness, and to starting those conversations about that kind of judgment and false beliefs that all of us carry around with us,” she said.
2010 Recipient Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., MD, is renowned for his innovative, humane, personalized, and passionate clinical practice and research in the area of lung cancer. Dr. Lynch’s vision is that, “Over the next 10 years, in terms of medical advances, is the application of real time medical genomics to the treatment and prevention of disease.” In his view of personal medicine, he emphasizes the connection and dialogue between doctor and patient and the resilience of those facing a life-threatening illness like lung cancer. This is a model for all current and future health care providers.
2009 Recipient Jerry Remy helped destigmatize lung cancer by publicly declaring that he was being treated for lung cancer in 2008. He experienced a recurrence in February, 2013. In April, Remy stated: “If I can help anybody, that’s great… For those who have had relapses, now I have too, and hopefully we can get through it together.”