Third Annual “Dancing For Joan” Raises $30,000 For Lung Cancer Awareness And Research

Marietta, Georgia Event Brings Together Supporters from Near and Far to Help End Lung Cancer
By: The Joan Gaea Lung Cancer Foundation
March 5, 2010 - PRLog -- The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation announced today that the organization raised $30,000 at its third annual gala event on Saturday, February 20th, 2010.  Hours of music, dancing, dining, and silent auction were the order of evening - along with some very important information about lung cancer.

For the second year in a row, the event was emceed by TV's Nancy Grace.  Ms. Grace also promoted the foundation on her television program throughout the weeks before and after the event.

Party-goers viewed an important informational video entitled “This is Lung Cancer” which detailed the unfortunate statistics about the disease and its lack of significant research funding.  The presentation also put a human face on the number one cancer killer in the world.  (The video can be seen on-line at

Honorary Chairman Paul Scheinberg, Chief of Staff at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta spoke to the crowd as well, highlighting the need for much more awareness and research funding.

The specific use of the money raised will be announced by the foundation in the coming weeks.  The information will be publicly available at their web site,  It will also be communicated to their supporters individually.

Learn more about Dancing for Joan at


Honored with the 2010 Hummingbird Award for Dedication was Mr. Jeff Wigbels of Atlanta for the creation of the Wigbels/Herbst Cancer Research Fund.  Mr. Wigbels, a lung cancer survivor and life-long non-smoker, created the fund to raise money for targeted cancer therapy research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.  You can learn more about Jeff, his amazing story, and the Wigbels/Herbst Cancer Research Fund at


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 over 35 years ago. By contrast, breast cancer now has a five year survival rate of well over 85% and prostate cancer has over a 99% survival rate.

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Established in the fall of 2007, The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation was created to raise awareness, to educate the public, and to be an advocate for research. They also strive to eliminate the stigma of lung cancer and support survivors and their loved ones in our local community.

A life long non-smoker, Joan Gaeta was a devoted wife, teacher, and mother of five. Diagnosed in early 2004, she fought a three and a half year battle before succumbing to the cancer in July of 2007.

If you would like more information about this foundation and this annual event - or to schedule an interview with a board member - please call 404-939-3507 or send an e-mail to
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