Friday, March 9, 2012

Dancing for Joan 2012 a Success! #lungcancer #in

On Saturday, February 25th, nearly 200 supporters gathered together at the Pavilion of East Cobb in Marietta for the 5th Annual Dancing for Joan (presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Care).  They were treated to great food, great music, and - of course - dancing.  Guests were also educated and inspired by our impressive lineup of speakers.  

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause!  Thanks also to those who could not make it, but who were very generous in their support.  We sincerely appreciate it.

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Leading things off after the cocktail hour was the Honorary Chairman of the event, Dr. Paul Scheinberg, Chief of Medical Staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Founder of Atlanta Pulmonary Group, and tireless lung cancer advocate.  He explained the changes in the profile of the "typical" lung cancer patient over the last 20 years and urged people to fight the stigma.

Next, we were pleased to welcome former NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who recently lost is wife to lung cancer a mere month after they were married.  We viewed his profile from ESPN and heard his inspiring words as he honors the memory of his beautiful wife Keasha with the launch of "Team Draft".  You can learn more at TeamDraft.org.

We then heard from Bonnie Addario, Founder and President of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI).  The cornerstone presentation of the evening recapped the advances these organizations have made in the fight against lung cancer.  It was easy to see why we are so proud to be an affiliate of the Addario organization and happy to dedicate 85% of our net proceeds to ALCMI.

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Our presenting sponsor was represented by Patti Owen, Director of Oncology Services at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.  She gave us an update of the exciting things that are taking shape at Northside regarding the treatment of cancer - in particular lung cancer.

Finally, the 2012 Hummingbird Award for Dedication was presented to Jacqueline Archer for her tireless advocacy work, including her announcement of the effort to get a Lung Cancer Awareness license plate in the State of Georgia.


From then on, we danced to the music of Gwen Hughes and the Retro Jazz Kats and enjoyed an awesome evening of socializing, and networking.

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You can check out a sampling of photos here.  Were you there?  You can share your own photos at https://www.facebook.com/dancingforjoan.

Thank you to all who came and all who could not attend, but who have been generous in their contributions. We sincerely appreciate it.

Enjoy the video below.