Moriah student assisting cancer center

Senior project in honor of great-grandfather

— A Moriah Central School student is completing her senior project while honoring her great-grandfather and helping others.

Carolyn Evens is raising $1,000 for the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh.

“Last year my great-grandfather died of lung cancer,” Evens said. “He was a patient there; he felt he was well-treated. He asked that any donations in his memory be made to the cancer center.”

Her great-grandfather was Leo Kusalnois of Keeseville.

Evens has raised about $350 to date through a bake sale and bottle drive.

She’s planning a car was Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moriah Central School bus garage. Evens and her friends will wash cars for $10 each and trucks for $15 each.

Evens is also planning a softball game and barbecue at Pepper Field Saturday, May 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

People who can’t attend the car wash or softball game can still help by making donations to Evens, in care of Moriah Central School, 39 Viking Lane, Port Henry 12974.

Evens is confident she’ll reach her $1,000 goal by the end of the school year.

“I’m pretty sure I can do it,” she said. “I have a couple more events and I may have another bottle drive. People have been very supportive.”

As part of her senior project Evens is also doing a research paper on lung cancer, the disease that claimed her great-grandfather.

Lung cancer is diagnosed in an estimated 174,000 Americans each year.

One fourth of all people with lung cancer have no symptoms when the cancer is diagnosed. These cancers are usually identified incidentally when a chest X-ray is performed for another reason. The other three fourths of people develop some symptoms. Symptoms of lung cancer include cough, coughing up blood or rusty-colored phlegm, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, recurrent respiratory infections, hoarseness, new wheezing and shortness of breath.

Survival depends on stage, overall health and other factors. About 15 percent of people in the United States diagnosed with lung cancer survive five years after the diagnosis.

Worldwide, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women, and is responsible for 1.38 million deaths annually.

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