Lung Cancer Task Force

Contact Information

James Listug

UW Carbone Cancer Center

(608) 263-3309

E-mail James Listug

The UW Carbone Cancer Center has formed a Lung Cancer Task Force, comprised of patients, family, friends, community leaders and concerned supporters, to drive fundraising, patient/legislative advocacy and marketing and special events to raise awareness of and funds for lung cancer, its diagnosis and treatment.


Lung Cancer By the Numbers

  • Lung cancer kills more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. It is the leading cause of death from all types of cancer worldwide, and the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. (following only heart disease). 
  • More than 85 percent of lung cancer patients die from the disease. This high death rate makes lung cancer one of the most lethal cancers. 
  • One in five women and one in 12 men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked 
  • About $1 in national funding is provided for research for patients diagnosed with lung cancer compared to $26 provided for research for breast cancer patients

Despite such sobering statistics, research funding for lung cancer has been disproportionately low compared to other types of cancer and other diseases for decades. This lack of research funding has sharply limited progress in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.


Lung Cancer Task Force Goals and Purpose


The Lung Cancer Task Force's goal is to make significant headway to advance the understanding of and funding for the disease through fundraising events, speaking opportunities and patient support initiatives. The purpose of this Task Force is to establish UW Carbone Cancer Center as the leader in lung cancer treatment and research.


New insights into lung cancer are critically needed. It is essential to translate new lung cancer initiatives into meaningful improvements in monitoring and treatment through funding "pilot project" research. Pilot projects are the first and most important step to finding better treatments, early detection methods and cures for cancer. The Lung Cancer Task Force established the "Creating Hope" campaign and fund toward this end. Annually, the "Drive For Hope" golf event is held the first Monday in August and has raised more than $380,000 since its beginning in 2006.


The Task Force has a continuing goal to raise $10 million to support dedicated research space within the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) and to help recruit and retain the most talented researchers at UW Carbone Cancer Center. As of 2012, more than $4.7 million has been raised to establish permanent research space and dedicated research staff. The remainder is yet to be raised, and will depend on the generosity of patients, families, businesses and corporations. 

Make A Contribution or Get More Information

To make a tax-deductible donation of personal or corporate funds to the "Creating Hope" lung cancer research fund, please address your letter to:

UW Carbone Cancer Center
Attn: "Creating Hope" Lung Cancer Fund
600 Highland Avenue, K4/658
Madison, WI 53792-6164


Or for more information about the Lung Cancer Task Force contact, James Listug at or 608-263-3309.