An Omaha First: Lung Cancer Vigil

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

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Omaha shared in a national awareness campaign Tuesday night aimed at lung cancer research.

Dozens of people gathered for the city's first "Shine a Light" lung cancer vigil.

The John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation sponsored the event at the Cancer Survivor's park at 105th and Pacific.

Atkinson -- a non-smoker -- died in 2009 from lung cancer.

His wife, Lori, spoke to the crowd. "I am proud to share that the foundation we started three years ago -- has been able to provide 15 scholarships, totaling $20,000 to children around the United States who have lost a parent to lung cancer."

An oncologist also discussed progress doctors and researchers are seeing in treatment and detection.

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