Monday, June 9, 2014

Metropolis Lighthouse: A Light of Hope

I'm stepping outside New England for this post.  A new lighthouse has been erected in Metropolis, Illinois, on the edge of the Ohio River. The purpose of this beacon is not to guide shipping on the river; it has been erected to serve as a beacon of hope to individuals and families affected by cancer. 

Rudy and Beverly Bess established the Hope Light Project in July 2005 to increase cancer awareness to enable people to recognize cancer signs and symptoms, detect cancer early, take immediate action to get help and save lives.     

On the morning of July 4, 2005, Rudy and Beverly learned that a family member and also a good friend died from cancer within 15 minutes of each other. This devastating news drove the couple to establish a foundation to help others learn more about how to detect, fight, and survive cancer.       

The Hope Light Foundation believes that the fight against cancer begins with knowledge. With this knowledge comes empowerment to make informed decisions on personal health matters and cancer treatment options.  With empowerment comes strength that builds Hope; Hope for tomorrow, Hope for survivorship, and Hope for a cure.

"Hope Light" was lit last week.  The beacon is an ML-155 marine lantern with five-mile visibility. The light stands 30 foot tall. The project still has some work remaining, including the construction of concrete walkways and the laying of personalized paver bricks.

To learn more about the Hope Light Project and how you can donate, visit