"Partying for a Purpose" aims to spread awareness

By Chad Weber

September 1, 2013 Updated Sep 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- According to the National Cancer Institute, Lung cancer is the number one killer of all cancers.

Sunday night, people gathered on the riverfront with a purpose to spread awareness about the disease.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center kicked off "Party for a Purpose" for the 3rd year.

The family free event included balloons, face painting, live music, information on CT screenings.

Medical officials say early detection is the key to beating lung cancer.

"What we're trying to tell people is that lung cancer is usually, you have no symptoms until it's too late, until you've fallen in the shower or had hip pain because its metastasized," said Cathi Copelen, Coordinator for the Lung Cancer Clinic at OSF. "What we really want to get through is we have screenings today. We didn't have screenings four or five years ago."

The event hoped to attract around 500 people.

For more information on a CT screenings, you should contact your primary care provider.