About the Vigil
The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil provides our amazing community with hope, support and compassion for those impacted by lung cancer and those at risk—from survivor to the newly diagnosed to loved ones to healthcare professionals to those simply wanting to help.
The vigil began in the minds of a handful of very special individuals. In 2006, Diane Legg, a cofounder of our New England chapter and a survivor, hosted a vigil on the steps of the Capitol in Boston. That night, she realized how much need there was and decided to grow the vigil with a vigil to grow it nationally. Since then, each year Diane is joined by over 350 people as they honor the lung cancer community by lighting up the Prudential Building in downtown Boston.
For so many, the most special part of the vigil is the recognition of those touched by lung cancer through a moment of silence, an acknowledgement of survivors or a slide show tribute. Each vigil culminates in a lighting of glow sticks, music is often played and people time to reflect on their reasons for attending or getting involved.
We always want to thank Joyce Neifert of Santa Rosa, CA for hosting a Shine a Little Light on Lung Cancer in honor of her husband, Steve. Joyce’s passion combined with Diane’s vision inspired what is now known as Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil.
Participation in the vigil allows us to meet our critical goals:
- Raise community awareness
- Advance early detection and research discoveries
- Support patients, those at-risk and loved ones
- Build and sustain federal and state support
Nisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-742-1893.