Who we are

members of the Upstage Lung Cancer board
Board prepares for Sensational ’60s concert.

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 ofUpstage Lung Cancer
Hildy GrossmanFounder & President
Sumati Ram Mohan
Sumati Ram-MohanVice President
Cheryl Davis
Cheryl DavisSenior Vice President
Nancy Swan
Nancy SwanTreasurer
Jessica Newman, Clerk
Jessica NewmanClerk

Board of Directors

Dale Appel
Dale Appel
Marcia Barron
Sally Collins
Sally Collins
Ben Glickman
Ben Glickman
Patricia Hardwick
Patricia Hardwick
Peter Macon
G. Peter Macon
Janet McCarthy
Janet McCarthy
Anna Muse
Anna Muse
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


Leslie Gore

Leslie Gore

Singer/Songwriter, Actress

May 2, 1946 - Feb 16, 2015
Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

Uruguayan Journalist, Writer

Sept 3, 1940 - Apr 13, 2015
Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Comic Actor, Filmmaker, Producer

Oct 4, 1895 - Feb 1, 1966
Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Performance Artist/Entertainer

Jan 17, 1949 - May 16, 1984
Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Singer, Songwriter
Queen of Disco

Dec 31, 1948 - May 17, 2012