Creating a Community: Host, Attend, Support a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil

Guest Blog by Jenny White


This year will be my third year hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in Nashville and each year, it just gets better and better.

Our first year, we hosted the vigil at St. Thomas Hospital and had a great turnout.  Last year, we held it at the club level of the Titans Stadium which faces downtown Nashville and the support we received was unforgettable. LCA helped with finding a great venue, gave us a toolkit with glow sticks, handouts and bracelets, and they offered advice and suggestions when we needed help!

We invited a radiologist to share information on lung screening guidelines and we featured a patient who participated in a screening trial and was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer. She had heard about the trial on the local public radio station, realized she fit the criteria and acted on the information.

We asked the daughter, who lost her father, to share her story and why she has added her voice to the historic momentum surrounding lung cancer.  And we honored all those impacted by lung cancer with a moment of silence while we shared a remembrance video.

Jenny White (center) with vigil attendees at the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in Nashville, TN 2012.

Why do I continue to host a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil?  Because of the people who are willing to share their own experiences, empower us to raise awareness and make a difference and for the patient who had her cancer found in stage 1 through early detection in the hope we can exponentially add to the number of lung cancer patients diagnosed early.

After my own diagnosis of lung cancer, I looked for something in Nashville to join in order to fight this terrible disease. I couldn’t find anything! I wanted to offer my community an opportunity to come to an event that honored individuals whose lives have been impacted by lung cancer, whether they were currently in treatment, out of treatment, loved ones or health care providers. After researching national lung cancer organizations, I found my match in Lung Cancer Alliance. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil is my vehicle to make a difference for those who fight against lung cancer.

For anyone interested in hosting, supporting or attending I encourage you to visit and help us continue to empower our community.

Jenny White is an active member of the Nashville lung cancer community and the Director of our Tennessee Chapter.