St. Vincent, Lung Cancer Alliance host annual Shine a Light vigil

St. Vincent Cancer Care and the Lung Cancer Alliance partnered up to host the second annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil Tuesday night

Indianapolis

St. Vincent Cancer Care and the Lung Cancer Alliance partnered up to host the second annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil Tuesday night.

With Fox59's Michael Henrich serving as master of ceremonies, dozens of lung cancer survivors, co-survivors, family, friends and physicians joined together in the global event. 

More than 90 vigils took place across the country, as well as in Australia and Brazil.

Leading oncologists at St. Vincent Cancer Care spoke to the group about advancements in the screening and treatment of lung cancer, while a survivor and co-survivor shared their inspiration stories of hope.  Free to Breathe Indianapolis and the American Lung Association of Indiana spoke about their recent initiatives.

The night ended with a ceremonial shining of the light as each person lit a glow stick and shared the name or names of those in their thoughts during the vigil, whether they were a survivor or someone they loved and lost. 

St. Vincent Cancer Care also announced a new discounted screening program for people at a high risk of developing lung cancer.  For people who have smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, among other criteria, St. Vincent is now offering preventive screening for $99.  The average cost of a preventive screening scan is typically more than $500 and St. Vincent has agreed to subsidize the cost, St. Vincent’s Medical Director of Oncology Services and Vice Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dr. Richard Freeman said.

Lilly, a major sponsor of the annual event, also had representatives on hand as the American Lung Association announced Lilly has given a $1.5 million gift for education efforts.

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