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'Shine a Light' Lung Cancer Vigil

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Everyone is invited to light a candle to show support, awareness or to honor someone with lung cancer. Thursday night is the Annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil. It's happening all over the world, including on South Union St. in Spencerport.

Hundreds will gather Thursday at the Spencerport Fireman's Exempt Field to show hope, support and compassion to those impacted by lung cancer, including event organizer Majorie Beldue, who lost her husband last year to lung cancer.

"It's a call to action," Beldue said. "It's to educate the community. It's to let people know that you don't have to be a smoker to die from lung cancer. 80 percent of people that have lung cancer were never smokers or had quit smoking. There's some misconceptions about lung cancer itself. So it's the awareness, it's the education, it's getting people that may be at risk to get a scan. 15 percent of people only live five years with lung cancer. If they can get early detection and have a scan, they stand a better chance of survival. Those things are important. Legislation is important, education is important. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. 435 people die a day from lung cancer."

This is the fifth year for the the vigil. It will be held Thursday at the Spencerport Fireman's Exempt Field, 85 South Union Street. It will run from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

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