Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk

The fifth annual Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk, held on Friday, August 19, 2016 inside the Logan Valley Mall, was a great success with both the number of walkers and funds raised surpassing last year’s walk. A total of $2,847.25 was raised through donations raised by the 60 walkers and additional donations contributed following the walk during Health-O-Rama.

Barbara Gerrity raised $1,565 making her the walker who raised the most donations. Michael Harf was the winner of the most laps walked. Both received gift baskets from Select Specialty Hospitals valued at over $100. Paul Figart and Cathy Vaught, who also participated in the walk, each received a case of Roaring Spring Water.


Photo Caption: (left to right) Connie Miller of Select Specialty Hospitals, sponsor of the Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk; Michael Harf, walker recognized for the most laps walked; Barbara Gerrity was the winner of the most donations raised; Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease on Foundation of Central PA.

Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania shared “I was impressed and happy to see how many people came out for the walk and how enthusiastic they were to support this important cause. I’ve never seen so many people look good in t-shirts! The Light on Lungs artwork on the t-shirts really did light up the mall,” shared Zlupko.

Every year walkers from across the Central Pennsylvania region join the physicians, staff and volunteers of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania to raise money to help local Lung Cancer patients with their medical expenses.

Over 158,000 Americans died from Lung Cancer in 2015 and many others suffer from this terrible disease. The Lung Disease Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in fighting Lung Cancer through their Lung Cancer Early Detection Program and funds raised through events including the Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk.

“Every year I get excited about the increase in participation, the strong community involvement and support the walk receives,” said Connie Miller of Select Specialty Hospital of Johnstown, who sponsored the walk. “Select Specialty Hospitals is proud to support the event knowing all the funds raised go toward helping local lung cancer patients.”

The Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation founded by Dr. George M. Zlupko, is located at the Lung Disease Center of Central PA, 800 Chestnut Avenue, Altoona, PA along with the Altoona Lung Specialists and the Sleep Disorder Network. For more information on the walk, the Foundation, please contact Sherri Stayer, Executive Director, at 814-946-2845, ext. 200 or email her at sherris@altoonalungspecialists.com.