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    Posted June 7, 2014 by
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    Worlds First Cancer Lighthouse First Lit Tonight

     
    The worlds first lighthouse that is dedicated to the fight against cancer was lit for the first time tonight. It is located in Metropolis, IL at the entrance to Dorothy Miller Park overlooking the Ohio River across from Paducah, KY. Dorothy Miller was a cancer victim. My wife Beverly is a cancer survivor and is an inspiration for all cancer patients and survivors.

    We started the Project on the 4th of July 2005 when we awoke to find that we lost both a 32 year old friend and a 22 year old relative to cancer around 3:00 am.

    The Metropolis Lighthouse, aka Hope Light, was erected on-site on Wednesday, 4 June 2014. It stands 30 foot tall and weighs approximately 6 tons. It consists of a 20 foot high conical shaped tower with a 10 foot high lantern room. It was designed to be flood proof and have minimal maintenance and operating expenses.

    For years lighthouses have become symbols of hope as guiding lights to help navigate ships from rough waters and dark seas to the calm waters of a safe harbor which is synonymous to the meaning of the Metropolis Hope Light. The lighthouse has a teal daymark band representing the fight against ovarian cancer although the lighthouse is dedicated to the fight against all cancers. The lantern room is painted black representing the dark journey of cancer patients as they travel from cancer detection to diagnosis to treatment. The lantern room ahs a white-light marine lantern representing a guiding light to safe harbors and hope for survival of cancer patients and a cure for all cancers.

    The lighthouse was funded from both monetary and time and material donations. The Hope Light Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity will all donations being tax deductible. The Metropolis Hope Light Project is an entity of The Hope Light Foundation.

    For more information, see our website at www.hopelightproject.com.

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