WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On Friday, 9News morning anchor Andrea Roane will receive the Raising Hope award from the LUNGevity Foundation for her commitment to the fight against lung cancer. The foundation is hosting its Musical Celebration of Hope Gala that night.
We asked Andrea for her reaction about the award and she told us:
"This is the second annual LUNGevity Gala and I was delighted to be invited back to serve as the night's MC. Well, you can imagine how surprised I was to learn that I would also be one of 3 local broadcasters honored at the Gala for raising Lung Cancer awareness.
One of my fellow honorees is lung cancer survivor, ABC 7's Greta Kreuz. What I've learned over the years is that Lung Cancer takes a toll on women.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, killing more women each year than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. While smoking is the number one cause, 20% of these women, Like Greta, have never touched a cigarette.
We have lots of work to do but LUNGevity's funding is already making a significant impact in the areas of early detection and targeted therapeutics."
NBC4's Doug Kammerer will also win the award, which honors leaders "providing visibility to lung cancer," say foundation officials.
The gala will be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Avenue Northwest in D.C. on September 14. It starts at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, then dinner and the award presentation before the floor is opened for dancing. Tickets for the black tie event are available at http://hopegala.lungevity.org/.