Lung Cancer Fundraiser Expands to Broward this November

Lily's Light and Uniting Against Lung Cancer to host kite-flying events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to commemorate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, October 28, 2013 5:43 pm EDT


Miami, Fla.
"are the keys to making progress in the fight against lung cancer"

Miami - Lily’s Light: Kites for a Cure® sponsored by Memorial Cancer Institute and benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer will hold its Fifth Annual family kite-flying event in Miami-Dade and Broward counties this November.

Miami-Dade: Saturday, November 2nd, from noon to 3 p.m.

Tropical Park in Miami

Broward: Saturday, November 16th, from 1to 4 p.m.

Hollywood North Beach Park in Hollywood

This is the first year that Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI) is sponsoring the events and also the first time the event will be held in Broward County.

Proceeds from Kites for a Cure® benefit Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC), a foundation that funds research for the disease. Kites for a Cure® is UALC’s signature outdoor event, bringing together communities, families, patients, and friends to raise awareness for lung cancer, honor lung cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and raise funds for critically needed research.

Admission is free but for a donation of $25 ($30 day of), kite flyers can make a difference in the fight against lung cancer and bring greater awareness of the disease to South Florida. With their donation, participants will receive a kite to decorate, a T-shirt, a snack and a raffle ticket. Participants are encouraged to decorate their kites with messages of hope, survivorship, and honor for those who have been lost to the disease.

UALC’s partner, Lily’s Light, hopes to secure enough donations to co-fund its third research grant and continue bringing attention to the cause.  “During the last four years, we’ve raised over $100,000. Last year, we co-funded our second lung cancer research grant in memory of my mom and we’re pushing to do the same this year, as we continue our battle to find a cure and remove the stigma,” said Anna Plaza, founder of Lily’s Light and daughter of Lily Plaza.

She pointed out that people don’t need to smoke to get lung cancer. Statistics show that lung cancer will kill more women this year than breast, ovarian, cervical, uterine and vaginal cancers combined.

“I fight in honor of my mother and for all those who are living with or have died from lung cancer to raise awareness and funds to find a cure,” said Plaza. “I’m ecstatic that Memorial Cancer Institute came on board to sponsor our events. It proves that determination reaps rewards and we are making strides.”

“Patients with lung cancer suffer not only from this terrible disease, but also from the stigma society associates with it. The advocacy and fundraising efforts of organizations like "Lilly's Light" are the keys to making progress in the fight against lung cancer,” said Dr. Mark Block, chief of Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Cancer Institute.

This year, more than 226,000 families in America will face a lung cancer diagnosis. To combat this insidious disease, Lily’s Light in collaboration with Uniting Against Lung Cancer is funding innovative research into the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Thanks to families and friends of lung cancer patients who have made a financial investment in our mission, the foundation is making a difference. Since 2003, Uniting Against Lung Cancer has awarded over $10 million in research grants across the country. Together, we are funding research to find a cure.

Visit to register or make a donation online. For more event information, contact Anna Plaza at or visit our Facebook page

Uniting Against Lung Cancer is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to funding innovative research and raising awareness to find a cure for lung cancer. For more information about Uniting Against Lung Cancer and its programs please visit or call 212-627-5500.