The Lustgarten Foundation today announced the appointment of Linda Tantawi as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Tantawi will expand the organization’s national presence to achieve its mission of finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Since 1998, the Lustgarten Foundation has been at the forefront of advancements in understanding the disease and developing new and more effective treatments.
Announcing Tantawi’s appointment, Foundation Chairman Andrew Lustgarten said: “With the incredible vision of the Foundation’s previous leaders, we’ve made important strides—taking pancreatic cancer from an unsupported ‘orphan disease,’ to one that is now supported by a robust research program. Linda’s leadership skills and extensive experience in fundraising for national cancer nonprofits will help take the Foundation, and the research we support, to the next level.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, Lustgarten supporter Maggie Assael decided to get creative. She started making mask chains to secure her masks around her neck when she wasn’t wearing them, and quickly, her chains were in demand. With each mask chain purchase, Maggie is giving 20% from the sales back to the Lustgarten Foundation to help further pancreatic cancer research.
Families Move On by Lisa Strahs-Lorenc is a positive support book that discusses how families cope with losing a loved one to pancreatic cancer. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Lustgarten Foundation.
Todd Greenberg lost his wife Miriam to pancreatic cancer in 2015. As the owner of Budget Blinds in Ossining, NY, Todd donates a percentage of his sales to support the Lustgarten Foundation’s research efforts. He keeps Miriam’s legacy alive by walking with his team, “Miriam’s BFF’s,” at Lustgarten Walks in Greater Philadelphia and New York City.