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Dana Reeve's Sister Headlines Lung Cancer Month

October 20, 2011
After the death of her sister, Dana Reeve, Dr. Deborah Morosini has become an advocate for lung cancer awareness. On Thursday, Nov. 17, Dr. Morosini shares her inspirational message in a special free program, “Transforming Tragedy into Hope,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville. 

In celebration of the courage of Dana and her husband, Christopher Reeve (the actor best known for his role as Superman) and their legacy of changing the face of spinal cord injury and paralysis, Dr. Morosini will share her own journey into lung cancer activism. Lung cancer killed her sister Dana, a non-smoker, at age 44.

"Lung cancer has long been surrounded by stigma & a lack of awareness,” Dr. Morosini said. “It continues to claim more lives globally than prostate, breast, melanoma and colon cancer combined. Recent breakthroughs in screening and early detection, as well as treatment advances, place us in a unique tipping point to change the course of this disease and save millions of lives. "

Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 908-203-6234 or registering online at

Other events offered by Somerset Medical Center as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month are:
· Breathe Easier: Advances in Lung Care, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 to 11 a.m., AMC Theatres at Bridgewater Commons mall. Dr. Robert Caccavale, chief of thoracic surgery at Somerset Medical Center, and Dr. Steven Gross, chief of radiology at Somerset Medical Center, will discuss conditions that affect breathing such as sleep apnea, pulmonary hypertension, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and strategies to prevent cancer and maximize lung capacity. Learn how low-dose CT scans can help detect lung cancer early. A sleep screening will be offered. The free program is offered as part of the HealthHike Walking Program, sponsored by Somerset Medical Center and Bridgewater Commons. Pre-registration is required by calling 908-203-6234 or registering online at
· Great American Smokeout, Thursday, Nov. 17. Stop by Somerset Medical Center’s lobby throughout the day for information from the medical center’s Tobbaco Quitcenter to help you kick the smoking habit.