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Canary Foundation and the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation Launch a New Lung Cancer Early Detection Initiative
Date:11/15/2007

-- It is estimated more than 160,000 Americans will die this year due to

lung cancer -- -- More than 50% of new patients have either never smoked or quit smoking,

according to the Lung Cancer Alliance --

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Canary Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research in early cancer detection, and The Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds lung cancer research and awareness, jointly announced today that the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation has pledged $10 million to the Canary Foundation to support a unique, new collaborative research program to save lives through early detection of lung cancer. The new joint program, called Canary Lung, is being announced today at a private event hosted by Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller at her home in New York.

"The effect of lung cancer on Americans is simply staggering," said Mr. David Rockefeller, an early supporter of Canary Lung. "I believe the Labrecque and Canary Foundations, through Canary Lung, can have a dramatic impact on this terrible disease."

"Cancer is still one of the greatest threats to our nation's families," said Don Listwin, founder and CEO of Canary Foundation. "But if detected early, the survival rate for cancer patients is much higher. Canary Foundation's overall strategy is to pursue short-term goals by funding research that will lead to simple blood and imaging tests that can identify and isolate cancers at their earliest points, when it is most treatable."

"Lung cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 15 percent, is responsible for more deaths than breast, prostate, colorectal and melanoma cancers combined," said Tom Labrecque Jr., President of the Labrecque Foundation. "We knew the only way to change the five-year survival rate was through early detection, and when we learned about Canary Foundation's mission, its distinctive approach of building collaborati
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