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Virtual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer

The lung cancer community in the Sandhills gathered virtually Nov. 12 for FirstHealth's eighth annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil. The event is designed to bring hope, inspiration and support to those who have been impacted by lung cancer and highlight the importance of lung cancer screening. 


The 2020 Shine a Light vigil began with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Michael Pritchett, pulmonary and critical care physician and medical director of the Chest Center of the Carolinas.



Dr. Pritchett also shared about the importance of lung cancer screenings and how it saves lives. 



Lung cancer survivor Raymond Pimpare and his wife, Dottie, shared their inspirational story about overcoming lung cancer. 



Pam Hudson, senior development officer for The Foundation of FirstHealth, closed the vigil with prayer. 



Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2020 are about 228,820 new cases of lung cancer and about 135,720 deaths from lung cancer.


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