Joan's Legacy, the Founding Partner of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, was created in honor of Joan Scarangello McNeive, a gifted journalist, lifelong New Yorker, and Yankee fan who died in 2001 of lung cancer. As is the case with most nonsmokers, Joan and her physicians missed the signs and symptoms of the disease until it was late-stage. Her cancer—like most lung cancers—was resistant to chemotherapy and, despite a national search, she found no alternative treatment options. Joan vowed to fight lung cancer, raise awareness and find a cure. After a valiant nine-month campaign to beat the disease, Joan died at age 47—exactly 20 years after the death of her mother Edith, also a nonsmoker, from lung cancer.
In the wake of this loss, inspired by Joan’s passion and her life, her family and friends took on her mission and created this foundation.