The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
congratulates Big Daddy's Race for Time
and everyone in Kentucky responsible for making this a reality in their state! The following was originally published by Alan Lytle
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky motorists will soon be able to demonstrate support for lung cancer research and education by buying a specialty license plate. A new “Fighting Lung Cancer” tag has been approved for pre-sale and should be available by early 2014.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths both in Kentucky and the nation, according to Renae Feistritzer Ellis, president of the non-profit group, Big Daddy’s Race for Time.
“It surpasses prostate cancer, breast cancer…I mean it’s a huge killer and it’s kind of a silent killer because there’s just not a lot of information out there about it.”
Feistritzer Elllis created Big Daddy’s Race For Time
, to honor her late father.
“Upon his death we created the foundation and all of our money goes right back into Kentucky. We’ve worked closely with the Kentucky Research program with the Markey Cancer Center. That’s where our funds have gone to the last five years. We meet with some doctors and we ask what research efforts they’re doing and we actually pick which research, clinical trials that we want our money go towards.”
900 of the license plates will need to be pre-ordered at $25 each before the design can be sent to production.
You can pre-order yours at http://www.bigdaddysrace.org/licenseplate/
Thank you for your generous support of The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
over the years, including our annual fundraiser, Dancing for Joan
. We are sincerely grateful. Thanks to you
, we have done a lot in the fight against t the #1 cancer killer in the world
However, in the five years since we first went Dancing for Joan
, over a million more people have been diagnosed
with lung cancer in the United States alone. Nearly 800,000 have died
. And the support and funding for lung cancer remain mere fractions of what other cancers receive
. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers, smokers and non-smokers
alike all continue to be afflicted. Much more needs to be done
As we move into our second five years in this fight, we are announcing that we will no longer host our annual Dancing for Joan event
. This decision was not
made lightly and in no way
suggests a wavering in our commitment to this very important cause – a cause that will always be close to our hearts
. Rather, this decision reflects the continuing evolution of The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
. We are not giving up and neither should you
We have accomplished a tremendous amount in our first five years. Because of your
generosity, we have:
We are very proud of these accomplishments and it could not have been done without you
Our decision to move beyond Dancing for Joan
is made with happiness
at what we have done up to this point. It is an opportunity
to channel our energy into other efforts. Moving forward, we will:
It is our hope that you will continue to support us in any way that you can so we can continue this fight. And, if you live in Georgia, please consider letting your fellow motorists know that “Lung Cancer Matters” by purchasing a lung cancer awareness license plate at LungCancerLicensePlate.org
Once again, we thank you for your generous support
Sincerely,The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer FundJoe Gaeta ~ Christina Pink ~ Richard Gaeta, Jr. ~ Theresa Andretta ~ Maria Cressler ~ Richard Gaeta, Sr.
Proceeds to benefit the Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund and their efforts to support research and awareness.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB
) September 27, 2012 // On Monday, September 24th, the state of Georgia released the first specialty license plate in the country specifically dedicated to lung cancer awareness. Now drivers can alert fellow motorists that, in Georgia, lung cancer matters!
The plates are now available exclusively through The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund. Georgia drivers can learn more and begin the process of getting theirs at http://www.LungCancerLicensePlate.org
The license plate is sponsored by The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
, a non-profit based in Atlanta that raises awareness and research funds for the number one cancer killer
in the world.
The process to create specialty license plates in Georgia typically takes nearly two years. The state requires either 1,000 plates to be presold or an up-front payment to be made to cover the fees for those plates. Through The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund's fundraising efforts and the incredible generosity of their supporters
, the Gaeta Fund was able to make the payment needed and to the get the bill before the legislature in a matter of months.
State Senator Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) was instrumental in adding the lung cancer awareness language to an existing bill (HB 732
). He was alerted to this important cause by his close friend and Gaeta Fund supporter, Jackie Archer. A lung cancer survivor herself, Mrs. Archer is also a former Holly Springs City Councilwoman. In April of this year, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 732 into law.
"My mother, Joan Gaeta, died of lung cancer after a three-and-a-half year battle," says Tina Pink, a VP of Fundraising for the Gaeta Fund. "She was most passionate about raising awareness and fighting the stigma of the disease. This plate is a big step in that direction. I know she would be very proud! Now it's our mission to get them on as many cars as possible!"
Mrs. Pink's sister, Theresa Andretta, VP of Operations, concurs. "Lung cancer kills more people than the next five cancers combined! Yet, it receives the least amount of funding. We have no choice but to raise awareness and to fight the stigma. These plates are a great way to do that. It is incredible to finally see them on the road!"
The $25 plate manufacturing fee, payable to The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, helps them support ground-breaking research through the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute
.ABOUT THE JOAN GAETA LUNG CANCER FUND
The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund was created in the fall of 2007 as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation by her husband and children to raise awareness of the disease, to educate the public, and to be an advocate for research. They also strive to eliminate the stigma of lung cancer and to support survivors and their loved ones in their local community.
In July of 2010, they re-launched as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund benefiting the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute. Their ultimate goal remains the same: “to eradicate lung cancer.” By partnering with one significant research initiative, they can make a much greater impact in wiping out lung cancer.http://www.forjoan.orgABOUT THE ADDARIO LUNG CANCER MEDICAL INSTITUTE (ALCMI)
ALCMI was established in 2008 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the ultimate goal of significantly impacting survival by directly catalyzing and accelerating discovery of new and more effective treatment options for all lung cancer patients. Presently, ALCMI has 13 academic and community medical centers in the United States and Europe closely collaborating on cutting edge research initiatives.http://www.alcmi.netABOUT LUNG CANCER
- Even if you have never smoked, you can get lung cancer.
- 60% of new cases are now diagnosed in non-smokers and former smokers.
- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women.
- Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with the disease.
- It kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, and kidney cancer combined.
- It surpassed breast cancer of the #1 killer of women in 1987.
- The five year survival rate for lung cancer is still only 15% - the same as it was nearly 40 years ago.
- Learn more at http://www.NobodyDeservesIt.com
Now that the first
Lung Cancer Awareness License Plate in the world
has officially been obtained and installed*
(and now that the plates are available
to the general public in Georgia) a sincere “Thank You”
is in order.
That heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to all of our supporters
. This truly
have happened without you. Without your gifts of of time, treasure, and talent since our inception in 2007, this milestone could still be years
away. Non-profit corporation status... Insurance... Bonds... The infrastructure and manpower to collect, record, and reconcile each payment... A hefty $25,000 deposit... This is what it takes
in Georgia to spread the word that “lung cancer matters
” with a specialty license plate. This is what it takes
to raise awareness. This is what it takes
to fight the stigma
and to raise the esteem lung cancer patients, survivors, and family members.
We would not
be able to do a any of this without your generosity and support
. Donations... “Dancing for Joan” Tickets... Silent Auction Items... Artwork purchases. Volunteering...
Without these things from you, our supporters
, this could not
have been pulled off.
And, $22 of the $25 that we collect in manufacturing fees goes directly
to lung cancer research
While we started our Fund
in honor of our wife/mother/”Nana”, this license plate is not about one person
. It is about the hundreds of thousands of people across the country – not just in Georgia – that have been affected by the #1 cancer killer
. It is about fighting the stigma
. It is about finding a cure
So, once again, we thank you
were a big part. The most important
Sincerely,The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
P.S. – We still need your help! Get
a plate! Spread
the word! Not in Georgia?
Consider a small donation
!* This distinction goes to Christina Gaeta Pink!
Learn how to get yours! Click here
Read the original press release here