The Hicks Foundation

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic

Powerful documentary has Special Screening in Burlington, Vermont


Filmmakers Frederic Lumiere and Mark Hefti have announced a Burlington showing of their film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, with a special screening, on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00 – 8pm at the Sheraton Hotel, Burlington, Vermont.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about, Someone You Love reveals just how dangerous this virus can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following five brave women’s stories who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV.


  • Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Sheraton Hotel, Emerald Ballroom, Burlington
  • Appetizers and drinks provided at 5:30
  • Showtime: 6:00 – 8pm  Movie starts at 6pm.

Free showing presented:

By the Hicks Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to lessening the burden of cervical cancer and improving education about HPV, and The Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (AHEC), provider of  professional education opportunities about HPV, In conjunction with the University of Vermont College of Medicine Vermont Family Medicine Review Course

With sponsorship from:

  • Vermont Department of Health, Ladies First program, offering no cost cervical cancer screening
  • The American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, VTTAC

About Someone You Love: “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year.

Official Website & Trailer:


Allison Hicks, Founder and Executive Director of The Hicks Foundation Cervical Cancer survivor with small Cameo in film – 802-373-6597

Judy Wechsler, Champlain Valley AHEC, Education resource Coordinator-  802- 527-1474