Long Islanders empathize with Jenning's illness
The news of Peter Jenning?s failed fight against lung cancer hit home with many locals who have been through similar situations.
Huntington Station?s Anne Little lost her mother-in-law, Jeanne Little, to lung cancer after a two-year battle. Little said the hardest part of watching her mother-in-law die was that it was something that could have been prevented.
Doctors say smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Early detection is an important factor in beating the illness, as was the case for Anita Johnston of East Norwich. Johnston was diagnosed early and is now a 14-year survivor. She hopes that Jenning?s death will lead to more funding for lung cancer research.