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December 8, 2003
Albany- Celebrating the holiday season is something Dr. George Chastain and his wife Sarah Anne don't take for granted.

They're both cancer survivors. And they know how important Phoebe's Lights of Love tree is to cancer patients.

"It changed my whole life but it changed particularly how I look at this and any other project that benefits cancer patients," Chastain said. "I used to watch them from the outside. Now I am one."

The Junior Women's Club of Albany sells each light for $5. It's money that goes a long way to help with a difficult disease. The Junior Women's Club has organized Lights of Love for 21 years. They raised more than $58,000 this year.

"So many people are doing it in memory of loved ones they've lost this year or in previous years or in honor of someone who's survived cancer and it just kind of brings it all together for everybody," said Michele Bates, with the Junior Women's Club.

This year, some of the money will help buy DVD players for chemotherapy chairs at the hospital, and hopefully help take patients minds off their disease.

"When you're taking chemotherapy and you're in a great big room, other people are around you, it's very hard to read or concentrate," Chastain said.

So as these lights twinkle, George and Sarah Anne know the money behind them is helping cancer patients become survivors with many holiday seasons left to celebrate.

posted at 10:05 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com