Annabelle Gurwitch and chef Amar Santana partner with Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) for Day at the Chef’s Table in support of lung cancer research

Inaugural gastronomical challenge and fundraiser helps fund Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s Young Investigator grants

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New York Times bestselling author, actor, and activist, and former Dinner and a Movie host Annabelle Gurwitch is teaming up with celebrity chef Amar Santana to raise money for lung cancer research during a fun and delicious live, virtual cooking competition on October 2nd. 


The friendly cooking competition is led by chef Amar Santana and features lung cancer patient and advocate Lysa Buonanno and LCFA Young Investigator grant recipient Dr. Triparna Sen squaring off in the Laguna Beach kitchen of Broadway by Amar Santana. Virtual viewers and live sponsors will enjoy watching chef Amar’s enthusiasm and adventurous spirit as he coaches the amateur chefs towards greatness in preparing one of his specialty menus. 


Tickets to the virtual event, silent auction, and sponsorships are available on LCFA’s website


Gurwitch is living with lung cancer following her shocking diagnosis last fall. The accelerating pace of lung cancer research over the past several years has led to a number of new lung cancer treatments, including a once-a-day pill designed specifically for Gurwitch’s type of lung cancer.

“Being diagnosed with lung cancer today is a completely different experience than five, ten, even fifteen years ago,” said LCFA co-founder and president Kim Norris. “More new treatments have been approved in the past five years than in the past 20 combined.”
LCFA Co-founder and president, Kim Norris
LCFA Co-founder and president, Kim Norris

Lung cancer research is helping people like Gurwitch continue to live with lung cancer while entertaining us with her wit in her new book, “You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility” and her new 15-minute weekly “Tiny Victory Podcast,” dedicated to the appreciation of small mercies.


Lung Cancer Foundation of America is focused on funding cutting-edge lung cancer research by young investigators, drawing the best and most innovative researchers into the field early in their careers. 

As part of its non-profit mission, LCFA produces the innovative Hope With Answers video series that turns the tables on the doctor-patient relationship by putting people living with lung cancer in the driver’s seat to ask questions of some of the world’s top lung cancer specialists and researchers. 

The companion Hope With Answers: Living With Lung Cancer podcast features in-depth conversations and lung cancer survivor stories. A special three-part podcast series called the First Seven Days is designed to help newly diagnosed patients navigate the scary and stressful first few days or weeks following a lung cancer diagnosis so they can access the best possible care.

Sarah Beatty

PR Contact, M&C Communications | on behalf of Lung Cancer Foundation of America


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About Lung Cancer Foundation of America

LCFA’s mission is the improvement in survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science.

While raising funds to support lung cancer research, LCFA will raise the public’s awareness and serve as a resource for patients or anyone seeking answers, hope, and access to updated treatment information, scientific investigation, and clinical trials.

The Lung Cancer Foundation of America's Speakers Bureau is a group of survivors and those whose lives have been affected by lung cancer. Their mission is to spread awareness, information and hope in the fight against the leading cause of cancer death. Bureau speakers are available for interviews with the media.


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