Our Stories

Claire Mattern
Founder/President

Claire’s Story

In memory of my beautiful, wonderful sister, Linda, who lost her courageous battle with cancer at the age of 28, I have started this foundation to raise money to help find a cure for cancer. As a cancer survivor myself, I know firsthand that the fear is always there that it could come back. I wanted to find a specific cancer that needs a lot of help, not only for a cure, but to improve earlier detection methods.

As a former smoker, I am extremely concerned about the damage smoking has caused to my body. Since there are few or no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, the majority of lung cancers are diagnosed in the late stages. Even though early detection can save lives, there is currently no approved screening test for lung cancer that has been proven to improve survival or detect localized disease. There are studies underway to find appropriate screening tools. Please help me raise money to improve early detection and find a cure by joining our website, as well as clicking “like” on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please also watch for information about our upcoming fundraisers. Please feel free to share your stories of courage, memories of loved ones who lost the fight or stories of survival.

Together we will make a difference. Thank you so much for your support!

Anjana Sengupta
Finance Director

Angie’s Story

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~ John Diamond

I always reminded myself of this quote as I went through several brushes with cancer of my friends and loved ones.

I met Claire when she was planning “Prelude to a Cure”. We struck a common chord of sharing the pain of losing our loved ones to cancer. The more I came to know Claire the more I admired the courageous person that she is. Losing her sister and being a cancer survivor herself, she was determined to make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients. I pledged to extend my hand to her “Prelude to a Cure” in the hope that I could also help bring back big smiles to as many families as I can.

Cancer continues to remain a dreaded word despite the significant research and progress in its treatment. “Prelude to a Cure” is our humble way to ask you to join us and help us make a difference. Together let us strive to create a world where cancer no longer means living with fear and without hope!

So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.  ~ Helen Keller

Brian Fenlon
Vice-President

Brian’s Story

I have known Claire for over 16 years, we’ve worked together (she was my legal assistant for many years) and we’ve been close friends ever since.  The two of us have lived through the ravages cancer has inflicted on her personally and on both our families- – I lost my mom in 1996 to colon cancer.  It was an honor and privilege when Claire asked me last year to be a member of Prelude to a Cure’s board of directors.  While I’ve attended innumerable charitable events over the years, I felt it was time for me to make a bigger and deeper contribution – – and there is no better place to start than helping to find a cure for cancer.  I’ve supported and been proud of Claire’s hard work in fighting this insidious disease, both through Prelude and before.  I’m very pleased to be part of Prelude and its mission to make a difference in raising funds for cancer research, for early prevention and awareness, and hopefully finding a cure for Prelude’s targeted cancer, lung cancer.

The longest journey begins with a first step, hope you will join us at Prelude to a Cure in working together to reduce, and eventually, eradicate lung cancer.  Thank you.

Brian Glennon
Director of Marketing

Brian’s Story

My mom taught me many things in my life. She is still teaching me even though she is no longer with us. Patricia Glennon died of lung cancer on March 28, 2015. After my mom passed I wanted to get involved in fighting this horrible disease. One of the organizations that supported me and my family during mom’s diagnosis and eventual death was Prelude To A Cure. The mission of PTAC is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. Improved screening methods for early detection, more effective treatments and hopefully one day a cure for lung cancer are the focus points for our organization. Please help me in raising awareness about lung cancer which is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. Thank you for your support.

Tina Patel
Board Secretary/Events Coordinator

Tina’s Story

“Love doesn’t need reason, it speaks from the irrational wisdom of the Heart.” – Deepak Chopra

I am so thankful for Claire coming into my life and thrilled that she invited me to join the amazing crew at Prelude to a Cure to “give back” in some small way and fight against Lung Cancer.

I never knew what it was like to have a Grandfather, both died before I was born, from lung disease. They were smokers.

Having lost my childhood best friend’s mother to cancer at age 36 (I was 16 at the time) and then later another best friend lost her battle with cancer and passed away at age 48, I have always given generously to cancer related charities.
8 Years ago, I faced my own personal challenge when I was told I had the “Big C.” It was a shock but I said to myself – “no way am I going to have surgery or die of this!” I felt it was not my time as my youngest son was only 2 years old. Since it was detected early enough I decided against any major surgery and opted instead for regular colonoscopy screenings and annual visits to Memorial Sloan Kettering – and so far, so good!!

I strongly believe that stress is one of the leading causes of cancer and by learning alternative stress relieving and relaxation techniques together with a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, you can prevent the production of toxins in your body.

It is therefore, my mission to help raise awareness and support for this worthy cause.