Record Amount Raised for Lung Cancer Care and Research

At the National Jewish Health Lung Cancer Center, some of the nation’s best physicians and scientists are focused on unlocking the mysteries of lung cancer — how to detect it earlier and how to treat it more effectively.

This year, the real estate and construction industries of New York joined this endeavor, raising a record-breaking $3 million for lung cancer research and care during the annual “Winter’s Evening” Dinner Dance in December 2011.

These efforts were led by Marc Holliday, chief executive officer of SL Green Realty Corp., who established the Holliday Memorial Fund for Lung Cancer Research at the event. He was also honored with the institution’s Humanitarian Award for his significant civic and charitable contributions.

Holliday has a personal connection to the cause. His mother’s lung cancer was detected at a clinic that National Jewish Health hosted in Florida, and he established the fund in her honor.

“Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer in America,” said Holliday. “I am confident that the funds we raised will help researchers at National Jewish Health find better ways to diagnose and treat this disease.”