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Leaving a Legacy

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Leaving a Legacy
Eight years ago, Joan Scarangello McNeive, a non-smoker, died after a valiant nine-month battle with lung cancer, the same disease her mother died of 20 years prior. Her sisters—CBRE's Mary Ann Tighe and Great Ink Communications’ Roxanne Donovan—say it's still stigmatized as a smokers’ disease, and they were dismayed to learn there’d been virtually no advancement in lung cancer research.
CB Richard Ellis’ Mary Ann Tighe and Great Ink Communications’ Roxanne Donovan
They started the Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer foundation, and in only a few years, the first US non-profit to cultivate this research has become the go-to venture capital source, awarding over $6M in 61 direct research grants—and those were followed up by 500% more funding. On Nov. 18th, it'll hold its eighth annual Strolling Supper with Blues & News, a gala to benefit lung cancer research and commemorate Lung Cancer Awareness Month in NYC. Lung cancer is the #1 killer of men and women, and this year, it will kill more women than breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers combined.
Joan Scarangello McNeive
Hosted by honorary chairmen Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams(Joan, above, was a head writer for “NBC Nightly News”), Delbert McClinton will perform and a silent auction including one year of rent-free living at 95 Wall Street, donated by The Moinian Group; immortalization as a character in the next Michael Connolly best-seller; a visit to a rarely open “Meet The Press” taping; having the NFL’s Levon Kirkland coach your child at the Jets Training Center; and more. You can also sponsor and name a grant for $50k or more. Tickets and sponsorships start at $300; register here.