Lung Cancer Vigil Set For Thursday November 14

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation will host a vigil locally as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer on November 14th.

Omaha will join 125 communities across the nation in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance.

The vigil at The Cancer Survivor’s Park, 105th and Pacific Streets begins at 6pm.

The John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation, named for John Atkinson, a nonsmoking father of three and devoted husband who died of lung cancer in June of 2009 at the age of 40, strives to be recognized as a leading advocate on the issue in Nebraska and across the country.

John became widely recognized when he was selected by Golf Digest to be the first person to play in the US Open Challenge at Torrey Pines on NBC with Matt Lauer, Justin Timberlake and Tony Romo.

The John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation is providing leadership to end lung cancer through awareness, advocacy, and scholarships to students.

The mission of the foundation is to erase the stigma that lung cancer can only happen to smokers.

Lung cancer kills more Americans than the next four leading cancers combined, including breast and prostate cancers. It is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Nebraska.

Nearly, 80% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are never smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is scientific validation that screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans can save tens of thousands of lives a year.

The National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil is a national campaign to be held on November 14th, 2013 to raise awareness and support for lung cancer. At least 125 vigils will be taking place across the nation, making this the largest awareness event for lung cancer in the country.

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