Congratulations to The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Funds's Medical Advisor, Dancing for Joan's Honorary Chairman, Joan Gaeta's Pulmonologist, friend, and all-around great guy - Dr. Paul Scheinberg!
From The Atlanta Business Chronicle (Jan 25-31, 2013 Edition):
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.
The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund
Joe Gaeta ~ Christina Pink ~ Richard Gaeta, Jr. ~ Theresa Andretta ~ Maria Cressler ~ Richard Gaeta, Sr.
The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund's annual “Dancing for Joan” event was a huge success and served as the climax to their most successful year of fundraising. Today, the Gaeta Fund announced their commitment of $30,000 to international lung cancer research through the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALMCI). They also announced the commitment of $6,000 to local awareness initiatives in 2012.
On Saturday, February 25th, nearly 200 supporters gathered together at the Pavilion of East Cobb in Marietta, Georgia for the fifth annual lung cancer fundraiser. They were treated to great food, great music, and - of course - dancing. Guests were also educated and inspired by an impressive lineup of speakers.
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, guests welcomed former NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who recently lost his wife to lung cancer a mere month after they were married. They 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".
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. In July of 2010, the Gaetas announced their formal partnership with ALCMI, committing 85 percent of their net proceeds to the excellent work they are doing. Remaining funds are used in metro Atlanta for annual awareness initiatives.
The “Dancing for Joan” presenting sponsor was represented by Patti Owen, Director of Oncology Services at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. She gave an update of the exciting things that are taking shape at Northside regarding the treatment of cancer - in particular lung cancer.
“We are very excited about our partnership with ALMCI and for what our annual event was able to accomplish,” says Joe Gaeta, president of The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, and son of the late Joan Gaeta, in whose memory the organization was founded. “We are confident that our supporter’s generous donations will make a deep and immediate impact with ALCMI.”
“We are incredibly and deeply thankful to the Gaeta Family for their commitment to ending lung cancer in Joan's memory,” says Bonnie J. Addario, founder. “It is with partners like the Gaeta Fund that will allow ALCMI to begin to raise the 'curability' of lung cancer in a significant way.”
A lifelong non-smoker, Joan Gaeta was a devoted wife, teacher, and mother of five. Diagnosed with Lung Cancer in early 2004, she fought a three and a half year battle before succumbing in July of 2007.
During that time, Joan stressed the need for greater awareness of Lung Cancer, the number one cancer killer in the world, which has a very low survival rate and a tragic lack of research funds. She was most passionate about eliminating the stigma of the disease, since lung cancer also strikes non-smokers at a high rate.
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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. We also strive to eliminate the stigma of lung cancer and to support survivors and their loved ones in our 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.
ABOUT 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.
Another fantastic Dancing for Joan fundraiser is in the books! 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. You can see more photos and videos from the evening at DancingForJoan.org as they become available. Enjoy the video below...
It's not too late to become a sponor of the 5th Annual Dancing for Joan presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Care!
If you or your business would like to join our list of sponsors, click here or call us at
(404) 987-0792. We have very affordable packages available.
To be included in the printed program of the event, you need to contact us by end of day on Friday, February 17th.
You can check out our 2012 Sponsors here.
Please take a few minutes and watch the video below.
One of the doctors profiled in the story, David Gandara MD, is on the Medical Advisory Board of The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the molecular research being done at at UC-Davis is one of the research initiatives of ALCMI. This is some of the work that The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund is supporting with Dancing for Joan!
Watch Cancer Treatment: Are Personalized Molecular Profiles in Our Future? on PBS.
We need more help! Get your tickets today and come support this great cause on February 25th - come Dancing for Joan!
Estimated Cancer Deaths in 2010
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Unfortunately, the company that has generously donated their audio, video, and presentation services to Dancing for Joan over the last three years can no longer provide their equipment and services to us. We are extremeley grateful for their excellent work over the years.
We are currently seeking a vendor who would be willing to donate the equipment and man power for our event on February 25th in Marietta, Georgia.
If you or anyone you know has access to the equipment and service list attached below- and would be willing to donate it for a great cause, please let us know at (404) 987-0792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much.
The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund