Cinde Bower-Stout, Level One Heart Attack Nurse Coordinator at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville (left), and her nephew Bradley Bower (center), manager of Crystal Beverage in Jersey Shore, recently presented a check to Angela Brouse (right) and Geisinger Foundation to establish the Craig Bower Lung Cancer Awareness Fund at Geisinger. Craig Bower lost his battle with lung cancer in March 2013 after a brief illness.
Realizing that lung cancer can often remain undetected until it is too late, the Bower family wanted to help other people at risk while memorializing Craig. The first “Craig Bower Memorial Fundraiser” raised over $10,000 and the money will be used to help with the implementation of a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program at Geisinger Health System. The program will help detect lung cancer at an earlier stage, offering a better chance for a cure for those at high-risk of developing lung cancer.
Through national studies, scientists have found a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT), versus those screened by chest x-ray. In addition to improved screening, this generous gift will also help to fund lung cancer awareness, education, and smoking cessation programs.
The Bowers, owners of Crystal Beverage in Jersey Shore, are already planning a second fundraiser in 2014.