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Mets Present Spirit Award to Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Published: August 7th, 2013

Citi Field hosts Major League Baseball’s first lung cancer awareness event

NEW YORK – Uniting Against Lung Cancer was honored for leading the fight against lung cancer by the New York Mets organization in receiving the Spirit Award at the first Lung Cancer Awareness Day in Major League Baseball on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

During pregame ceremonies prior to the Mets vs Colorado Rockies game at Citi Field, Dr. Charles Rudin of UALC’s Medical Committee accepted the award. Joining Dr. Rudin in the award’s acceptance were Dr. Mark Kris, Marc Hiatrides, Elisabeth Leonard, James Woods, Arielle Densen, UALC Executive Director Linda Wenger, UALC Sr. Director of Development Anastasia Hagan and UALC board member Roxanne Donovan. They represented the thousands of patients, families, doctors and supporters joining together as one, Uniting Against Lung Cancer.

Over 27,500 fans in attendance at the game were educated about lung cancer, helping to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. It’s a devastating disease that causes more deaths each year than the next four cancers combined. More than 226,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year – one every two minutes – and more than 160,000 will die from the disease.

Lung cancer affects smokers and nonsmokers alike – anyone can get lung cancer. The majority of those diagnosed with lung cancer have quit smoking or have never smoked.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer is leading the fight against lung cancer by funding cutting-edge research with the goal of developing more effective treatment for patients, and ultimately a cure for the disease. Since 2003, UALC has invested $10 million in research through grants to researchers at leading medical centers across the United States. Lung cancer research is severely underfunded and events like Lung Cancer Awareness Day at the Mets help focus on the fight against the disease.

Corporate sponsors of the first Lung Cancer Awareness Day at Citi Field were Pfizer Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Atlantic Bank, A Division of New York Commercial Bank.

For more information about Uniting Against Lung Cancer, visit