VALLEY VIEW HOSPITAL JOINS OTHERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
TO HOST CANDLE VIGIL
Shine a Light Lung Cancer Vigil: Glenwood Springs
November 14, 2013
Valley View Hospital will host a lighted vigil in the Grand Lobby of the Calaway•Young Cancer Center as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer on November 14 at 5 pm. Glenwood Springs will join more than 90 communities across the nation in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance.
Shine a Light Lung Cancer Vigil is an annual event that occurs simultaneously nationwide. This year, communities in more than 30 states will participate in the event, which is designed to provide hope, support and compassion to the thousands who are diagnosed with lung caner.
This year’s Vigil in Glenwood Springs will feature a short program lead by the Lung Center at Valley View’s new pulmonologist Dr. Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi, known as Dr. Aki. In addition, several lung cancer survivors will be on hand to share their personal stories.
The Vigil began in 2005 in Boston and California and has since spread nationwide. As the only national non profit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer, Lung Cancer Alliance and its community partners work together to create these events to help raise community awareness, advance early detection and research discoveries, support patients and their loved ones and work toward building governmental support.
For this first time this year, Lung Cancer Alliance is introducing a Facebook app that brings its Vigil into the digital space and allows for interaction and remembrance regardless of a person’s physical location. The Virtual Vigil app – which can be found at www.lungcancerstories.org – allows people to upload pictures and share stories of loved ones who have been lost to lung cancer or are still struggling with the disease. From there, the stories can be shared on personal pages or posted to another’s Facebook page.
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer kills more Americans than breast, colon and prostate cancers—combined. It is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Colorado. Nearly, 80 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are people who have 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, and recently a government panel recommended lung cancer screenings for populations considered at high risk.
About the Vigil Organizer
Valley View Hospital is a 78-bed acute care hospital that serves as western Colorado’s premier health care facility, and recently opened the new Lung Center, headed up by pulmonologist Dr. Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi, known as Dr. Aki. The team is at the forefront of meeting the new national guidelines that support the early diagnosis of lung cancer. Our new minimally invasive lung-screening program combines screening procedure, diagnostic and staging in one procedure where your patients will have less discomfort and fewer visits.
Valley View Hospital consistently ranks among the Top 5% in the nation for outstanding patient care. In addition to recently receiving Outstanding In-Patient Experience and Outstanding Emergency awards from J.D. Power and Associates, the hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades as among just 2 percent in the nation to receive two honors: 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience AwardTM for the fifth year in a row and 2013 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM first-time recipient.
About National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil
The National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil is a national campaign to be held on or around November 14, 2013 to raise awareness and support for lung cancer. At least 90 vigils will be taking place across the nation, making this the largest awareness event for lung cancer in the country.
About Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.
Follow Lung Cancer Alliance on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lungcanceralliance and on Twitter @LCAorg.