2017 Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk

The Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania announces the Sixth Annual Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk, to be held Friday, August 18 from 8am to 10am inside the Logan Valley Mall. Each year, walkers from across Central Pennsylvania 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.

Lung cancer takes the lives of nearly 160,000 Americans annually. Lung cancer accounts for twenty-seven percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, more than deaths from breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined. Yet lung cancer research receives significantly fewer funds per death than other common types of cancer. By shining a beacon of light on lung cancer, the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania works to promote early detection of lung cancer, educate the public about lung cancer, and empower lung cancer patients to get the treatments they need.

The Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk is sponsored by Select Specialty Hospitals of Johnstown, who will award prizes to the walker who completes the most laps and the walker who raises the most funds. The event kicks off Health-O-Rama, an annual health and wellness expo sponsored by the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and presented by the Altoona Mirror.

“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 Hospitals. “Select Specialty Hospitals is proud to support the event knowing all the funds raised go toward helping local lung cancer patients.” Dr. George M. Zlupko, Founder and Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, added, “I am always impressed and happy to see how many people came out for the walk and how enthusiastic they are to support this important cause.”

Registration is only $10 per person, and all walkers will receive a free Light on Lungs t-shirt. Registration forms are available at the Lung Disease Center, regional businesses, and lungdiseasefoundation.org.

The Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded by Dr. George M. Zlupko in 2013. The foundation 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. Their mission is to inform, empower, and educate individuals on how to improve all aspects of lung health. For more information, visit lungdiseasefoundation.org or contact Sherri Stayer, Executive Director, at 814-946-2845, ext. 200 or at sherris@altoonlungspecialists.com.