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Non-profit group fights childhood cancer

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DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

A mother in Coffee County knows all too well the struggles with childhood cancer and she's been busy raising awareness. Lisa Aldridge organized a non-profit organization for childhood cancer after two of her kids were diagnosed.

Lisa Aldridge's first child, Lauren was born in 1993.  Eight years later, she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.  After months of treatment, her parents were hopeful for a better outcome.

"She ended up passing away in September 2003. She had fought a really hard fight and was a strong little girl who motivated and inspired a lot of people," said Lisa Aldridge.

Nearly a year and a half later, Aldridge and her family had put childhood cancer behind them until their youngest child, Jim started having headaches.

"He was diagnosed. He had a brain tumor. So they ended up sending us to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite," said Lisa Aldridge.

Thankfully, Jim went into remission and Aldridge thought it was time to help other families like hers.

"We started fund raisers. We sell T-shirts and we have a bake sale and silent auction every year and the community has been phenomenal. Every year it's bigger and better. We put out our gold bows," said Lisa Aldridge.

The Childhood Cancer Awareness Group of Coffee County was formed 3 years ago. So far, the non-profit group has helped more than 14 families with travel expenses and support.

"I think Lauren is smiling down on us and I think that's how we've been able to do what we've done with Jim and our group because I know she's there with us," said Lisa Aldridge.

Aldridge says the Childhood Cancer Awareness Group is there to make sure every family is taken care of in times of need.

Friday, September 20th, the group will be selling cupcakes and T-shirts at Coffee County's High School's homecoming game. The silent auction will be on September 27th from 9 until 6 at the Central Square Gym A in Coffee County.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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