Lung cancer vigil to be held Nov. 13

Joy’s Network and Lorraine Kerz from Sy’s Fund will host a vigil as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Central Square in Keene. Keene will join 125 communities across the nation in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance, or The Alliance.

Refreshments will be available after the vigil at Joy’s Network, located at 25 Roxbury St., Suite B.

About the Vigil Organizers: Lorraine Kerz lost her 29-year-old son Silas “Sy” River Bennett, a long-time resident of Keene, in May of 2008 to lung cancer. Kerz has since founded a fund for young adults with cancer in memory of her son. Sy’s Fund provides meaningful gifts for young adults with cancer throughout the U.S. Kerz also lends her voice to work toward ending the stigma of lung cancer.

Kimberley R. Diemond, founder of Joy’s Network lost her mother to liver cancer with mets to her lungs in August 2009. Joy’s Network is dedicated to spreading awareness about all types of cancer and providing financial assistance and support services for cancer patients and their families throughout the Monadnock region.

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 New Hampshire. Nearly, 80 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are those who never smoked 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 coordinated effort of 125 vigils makes this the largest awareness event for lung cancer in the country.

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