Friday cancer observance to honor late Helena school board trustee Lois Fitzpatrick

Lights of Hope Helena, a local rendition of a nationwide event honoring those affected by cancer, is scheduled for Friday night and will honor the late librarian, Carroll College professor and school board trustee Lois Fitzpatrick.

“Fitzpatrick passed away in March in one of her multiple cancer occurrences but left behind a legacy that continues to inspire those who knew and worked with her on many initiatives,” a news release from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network states.

The 13th annual national Lights of Hope was held Sept. 19, and the Washington, D.C., iteration featured more than 65,000 paper bag luminaries displayed along the Potomac River.

Lois Fitzpatrick

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Each state had a pillar at the national event to honor a member of its community who is engaged in the fight against cancer or who died from cancer. Fitzpatrick was featured on Montana’s pillar.

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Lights of Hope Helena will be held at the state Capitol, and the public is invited to to participate beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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