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Lynne Eldridge MD

Niagara Falls to Be Lit Up for Lung Cancer

By October 31, 2011

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Lung cancer needs to be noticed. And I can't think of a more roaring way than lighting up Niagara Falls.


Sound like a fantasy? It would have been for me. But my friend Christine Dwyer didn't let words like "impossible" stop her.

On Wednesday November 16th, Niagara Falls will be illuminated with white lights in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This amazing event will take place from 8 to 8:15 pm and 9 to 9:15 pm EST.

Website for the event: Illuminate the Falls for Lung Cancer Awareness
(Make sure to "like" the event to show your support.)

If you don't happen to live near the falls, you can still take part in the action. Via live webcam you'll have the opportunity to participate in the festivities from the comfort of your own home. Here are 3 links for the live feed:

In person, you can witness the event either from Niagara Falls State Park, NY, or from Niagara Falls Park, Ontario, Canada.

So how did this come about? In the wake of Steve Job's death, I love stories about how one person with a hope and a vision can make a difference in the world. Christine did just that. Having read an article that spoke of Niagara Falls being illuminated in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month she turned -- not pink -- but green. Green being the envy she felt that efforts to raise awareness for lung cancer have lagged behind those for breast cancer.

Yet instead of getting upset, she followed the advice she had given to others in the past. "If you don't like something, do something to change it!"

So she sat down and wrote an email. She knew it was a long shot but thought "hey," she had been turned down and told NO on more than one occasion. What did she have to lose?

Later her cell phone rang. The voice on the other end told her that he was calling regarding her email and wanted to know what day in November she would like to have NIAGARA FALLS ILLUMINATED IN WHITE FOR LUNG CANCER AWARENESS!

Her reaction? She is bursting in excitement and pride and a sense of thankfulness that is indescribable...

You see, like so many of us, Christine's life has been touched by lung cancer. To quote her, "once you are touched in any way by lung cancer, you truly realize how wide spread and non-discriminating it is." Christine lost her step grandfather to lung cancer when she was just 17. She lost a friend when he was 31 (a never smoker) just 3 months after his diagnosis. More recently she lost her step dad as well as her best friend Patti from the same disease. She knew she had to do something, and that's how Make Some Noise for Lung Cancer Awareness came to be.

My reaction? A deep sense of gratitude for Christine's efforts, and a new sense of empowerment as we all work to raise awareness and funding for the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the world.

Photo © Christine Dwyer

October 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm
(1) Linda Wenger says:

Dr. Eldridge, I read all of your postings. Thank you for all you do to raise awareness about lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of both men and women. This is still the “unspoken disease”.

Linda Wenger
Executive Director
Uniting Against Lung Cancer

October 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm
(2) Lisa Williams Pinson says:

Fantastic article…Christine is amazing and I have such admiration for both of you! This November we are going to Make Some Noise for Lung Cancer Awareness!!

November 1, 2011 at 12:47 am
(3) Brenda Smith says:

Christine is definitely a cherished friend to a numerous amount of people who have fought or known someone who is fighting this unfair and non-discriminating disease. I know this myself…. I lost my 22 year old daughter to this dreadful disease 1 year, 1 month and 6 days ago….. She was my only daughter and I will never get to see her get married to the love of her life or experience the birth of her first baby. All the wonderful things in life you dream for your child…..gone!!!! Christine has touched my life….I was a complete stranger to her, but that didn’t matter to her! She reached out to my daughter and I….for this I will be forever Grateful ! Her dedication to “make some noise for lung cancer awareness” is truly inspirational! Thank you Christine for making a difference in not only my life, but in others as well!!! Also Thanks to Dr. Eldridge for all she does as well….. I will be attending via webcam to view this spectacular event to raise awareness to lung cancer.

November 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(4) Lori Hope says:

Thank you so much for writing about this. It is truly inspiring – what one person can do simply by dreaming and then asking and persevering! I mentioned this (and included a slide) in my Shine a Light on Lung Cancer talk last night and will mention it again at tomorrow night’s event! Thanks for filling in some details I had forgotten!
You’re the best. Really!

November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am
(5) Di Buckley says:

You should be extremely proud of yourself sweetheart for achieving this. I have just lost my sister to lung cancer and I can’t believe just how much information and help is not around. Well done You!!
Kind regards
Di x

November 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm
(6) linzi says:

U r amazing christine. i live in england my mum is a lung cancer sufferer. we r just about to start her treatment. god bless u all xxx

November 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(7) Lisa says:

What an amazing thing you have done!! I’ll have to watch Shine a Light on Lung Cancer via computer since I can’t be there. Every time I see pink or think about all of October being breast cancer month, I also saw green with envy because we never hear about lung cancer!! It’s just not fair!

I just finished chemo and am slowly regaining my normal strength, though suffer terribly from “chemo brain,” so I’m off to put a reminder on my calendar (that sends me texts) for Shine a Light on Lung Cancer.

Thank you so very much for calling attention to US!

November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(8) Deb Conda says:

Maybe with more awareness..

Other women won’t know the heartache that I live with losing my husband to lung cancer at age 40..

Who knew 20 was middle aged ??

November 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(9) Gloria Linnertz says:

Thank you Christine. You are a beacon for lung cancer awareness.

Gloria Linnertz
VP, Cancer Survivors Against Radon

January 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm
(10) Lung cancer non smoker says:

Lung cancer is one of the more prevalent sort of most cancers. Smoking cigarettes is normally to blame. Continuous contact with poisonous spend, light and asbestos additionally develop …lung cancer

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