Monday, November 01, 2010
Charlotte, N.C. -- For at least an hour on November 4, communities across America will break away from the busyness of the day and focus their attention on just one thing: shining a light on lung cancer. Sponsored by the Lung Cancer Alliance, this national event has lit up across the country, with organizers hopeful for vigil representation from every state. Presbyterian Cancer Center will host their “Shine a Light” vigil from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, at the Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth at Presbyterian Hospital. Anyone impacted by lung cancer is invited to attend.
“Lung cancer is a disease that still has a stigma associated with it, and that stigma has made it more challenging to get people diagnosed early and to raise funds for a cure,” said Phyllis Cooper, local vigil organizer and lung cancer navigator at Presbyterian Cancer Center. “My hope is that this vigil will encourage people to speak out and share their light with others.”
Lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer in both men and women, claiming more lives each year than breast, prostate, colon, kidney, melanoma and liver cancers combined. Despite such alarming statistics, lung cancer research continues to be among the least funded of all major cancers.
For more information about the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil at Presbyterian Cancer Center, visit www.shinealightonlungcancer.org.