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HUGS for Christmas
Tuesday, 01 December 2009

December 1--  HUGS is an acronym for "Helping Us Give Support" to area cancer patients.  It's a drive started by the Leadership Toombs-Montgomery Class of 2008/09 and the Meadows Healthcare Foundation to give financial support to cancer patients at the Vidalia Regional Cancer Center.

"You can't turn on the TV now and not hear about the cost of healthcare.  It's a major concern especially when it comes to cancer care.  There are a lot of costs which are very difficult for a lot of folks," according to Oncologist Dr. Greg Franz.

He says patients from outlying areas make multiple trips to Vidalia every week for chemotherapy and can use help with gasoline costs.  Others need help with insurance co-pay.

The "HUGS" campaign is sponsoring a Christmas "Tree of Life" which you can help decorate with lights and ornaments in memory of or in honor of someone with cancer.

"It's just a great way to show support for citizens in Toombs and surrounding counties in a wonderful way for someone who is fighting something really horrible," Dr Franz says.

You may buy a light for the tree for $5 and ornaments are $10.  The public tree lighting is Thursday, December 10th at six p.m. at the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.

For info on buying a decoration for the "Tree of Life," call the chamber at 537-4466.

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