Who we are

members of the Upstage Lung Cancer board
Board members gather outside for a meeting.

Some of us are lung cancer survivors; some are the friends and the family of the many whose lives have been affected by lung cancer; some are dedicated physicians who care for our patients diagnosed with lung cancer; and some are members of the Arts community who are committed to fighting lung cancer. Our aim is to use musical and theatrical entertainment to raise funds to accomplish our mission.

Our Vision

To advocate for early detection in lung cancer – our vision is to help increase detection and diagnosis rates by 50% by 2025.

Our Mission

  • To promote awareness, advance understanding, and remove the social stigma of lung cancer.
  • To raise funds for research and innovation in early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer.
  • The first cancer charity to exclusively use music and the performing arts to accomplish our mission.

Our Values

  • Integrity: Committed to honesty, fairness and transparency
  • Responsibility: Accountable to say what we’ll do and do what we say
  • Teamwork: Celebrate working together in a positive, collaborative, and constructive way
  • Caring: Maintain passion in all our efforts and events

Board Members


Hildy Grossman, founder and president
Hildy GrossmanFounder & President
Sumati Ram Mohan
Sumati Ram-MohanVice President
Cheryl Davis
Cheryl DavisSenior Vice President
Nancy Swan
Nancy SwanTreasurer
Anna Muse, ULC Board member
Anna MuseAssistant Treasurer
Jessica Newman, Clerk
Jessica NewmanClerk

Board of Directors

Dale Appel
Dale Appel
Tara Balan, ULC Board member
Tara Balan
Marcia Barron
Ben Glickman
Ben Glickman
Patricia Hardwick
Patricia Hardwick
Susannah Hill
Susannah Hill
Peter Macon
G. Peter Macon
Claire Shafer, ULC Board member
Claire Shafer
Jim Swaim
James Swaim
Don Warnock
Donald Warnock

Board of Advisors

Crispin Weinberg
Crispin WeinbergSenior Advisor
Susan Gessner
Susan GessnerDevelopment Advisor
Danielle Pardue
Danielle PardueSpecial Media Advisor

Medical Advisory Board

Francine L. Jacobson, MD, MPH
Thoracic Radiologist, Brigham & Womens Hospital

Deborah Morosini, MD
Pathologist and Patient Advocate

Jacob Sands, MD
Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Jennifer Temel, MD
Thoracic Oncologist, Mass General Hospital

Lecia V. Sequest, MD
Thoracic Oncologist and Researcher, Mass General Hospital


Steve MaQueen

Steve McQueen

King of Cool

Mar 24, 1930 - Nov 7, 1980
Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

Uruguayan Journalist, Writer

Sept 3, 1940 - Apr 13, 2015
Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Actor, Art Collector and Consultant

May 27, 1911 - Oct 25, 1993
Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett

Author, Political Activist

May 27, 1894 - Jan 10, 1961
Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Actor, Director, Entrepreneur

Jan 26, 1925 - Sept 26, 2008