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Army of kites invade Folly Beach to support cancer research

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FOLLY BEACH, SC - On June 14, Folly Beach will be invaded by an army of kites in support of the Keisha and Levon Kirkland Fund that funds lung cancer research. The event is a family friendly gathering to bring awareness to the deadly disease.

Here are the facts to know about lung cancer: of all cancers in our country, lung cancer is the most lethal, killing more than the next four cancers combined. Of all victims, 65% are non smokers and of those, 80% are women. That means that 52% of lung cancer casualties in our country are non smoking women.

That number should shock you. It certainly shocked Dr. Keisha Kirkland, the namesake of the fund, who was a healthy, athletic, non smoking weather anchor when she was diagnosed. Her husband, the pro-bowl football star Levon Kirkland, picked up the cause and fought for her life. Sadly, Keisha lost the battle, but Levon has made it his cause to win the war.

The first Kites for a Cure at Folly Beach was in 2011 and, since then, the Southeast have shown their overwhelming generosity. Levon and his 10-year old daughter will be at the event to meet fans and fellow cancer fighters.

The event, Saturday June 14, will be held from 9 a.m.to Noon in front of the Tides hotel at 1 Center Street on Folly Beach. $25 will get you a t-shirt and a kite to decorate. All of the money raised will be donated to research.
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