Who we are

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

Upstage Lung Cancer is a volunteer-run nonprofit founded in 2007. 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

Our Organization at a Glance

Board Members


Hildy Grossman, founder and president
Hildy GrossmanFounder & President
Sumati Ram Mohan
Sumati Ram-MohanVice President
Anna Muse, ULC Board member
Anna MuseTreasurer
Jessica Newman, Clerk
Jessica NewmanClerk

Board of Directors

Dale Appel
Dale Appel
Sachi Badola
Sachi Badola
Marcia Barron
Ben Glickman
Ben Glickman
Karen Hamel
Karen Hamel
Susannah Hill
Susannah Hill
Peter Macon
G. Peter Macon
Niccole Schaible
Niccole Schaible
Claire Shafer, ULC Board member
Claire Shafer
Jim Swaim
James Swaim
Don Warnock
Donald Warnock


Crispin Weinberg
Crispin WeinbergSenior Advisor
Susan Gessner
Susan GessnerDevelopment Advisor
Jacy Dawn Valeras, Digital Marketing Specialist
Jacy Dawn ValerasDigital Marketing Specialist

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

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Leslie Gore

Leslie Gore

Singer/Songwriter, Actress

May 2, 1946 - Feb 16, 2015
Nate King Cole

Nat King Cole

Singer/Songwriter, Pianist

Mar 17, 1919 - Feb 15, 1965
Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Comic Actor, Filmmaker, Producer

Oct 4, 1895 - Feb 1, 1966
Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney

Singer, Actress

May 23, 1928 - Jun 29, 2002
Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Animator, Producer, Entrepreneur

Dec 5, 1901 - Dec 15, 1966