NEW YORK CITY-The industry turned out in droves to support Uniting Against Lung Cancer in its annual fundraising event, held Nov. 17 at Gotham Hall. Roxanne Donovan, a member of the Uniting Against Lung Cancer board, tells that this year’s Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer Strolling Supper with Blues & News fundraiser has brought in north of $1 million, up from last year’s $900,000. More than 700 guests, with a heavy representation from commercial real estate, attended the gala event, emceed by ABC News anchor Bill Ritter.

“I really believe we’re on the verge of a new ear in lung cancer,” said Dr. Avi Spira of Boston University School of Medicine, recipient of this year’s Caine Halter Hope Now Award on Wednesday evening. Spira, whose work focuses on earlier detection and treatments to improve quality of life for patients, said researchers could accomplish “amazing things” with the help of organizations like Uniting Against Lung Cancer.

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