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Washington, DC [November 3, 2010]--In a gracious letter to Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) yesterday, Senator-Elect Marco Rubio said he would not be able to attend the Shine a Light vigil scheduled for Thursday in Orlando, but praised the effort to comfort those impacted by the disease, including his own father who died of lung cancer two months ago.
LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton-Ambrose said Senator-Elect Rubio's letter will be read at the vigil which will be held at the Women’s Club of Casselberry at 7pm.
"That he would take time during the closing hours of his campaign to reach out to other families who have been hurt by lung cancer is very touching," said Fenton-Ambrose.
In the letter to LCA Senator-Elect Rubio said; "My father lost his fight with lung cancer earlier this year and I support your efforts to comfort those affected by this deadly disease. Thank you for all you do to touch the lives of so many."
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, taking more lives each year than colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers combined.
Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org, is the only national non-profit dedicated exclusively to providing support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance has sponsored the National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil awareness initiative for November 2010. More than 65 vigils will be taking place in 29 states.