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Phoebe hosts annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony

The 40-foot Lights of Love tree is shining brightly outside the Phoebe Putney Cancer Center Tuesday night. (Source: WALB) The 40-foot Lights of Love tree is shining brightly outside the Phoebe Putney Cancer Center Tuesday night. (Source: WALB)
Cancer-surviving couple Lem & Linda Griffin (Source: WALB) Cancer-surviving couple Lem & Linda Griffin (Source: WALB)
Phoebe Foundation Executive Lauren Ray (Source: WALB) Phoebe Foundation Executive Lauren Ray (Source: WALB)
Lights of Love donations will help buy a vehicle to transport cancer patients to and from appointments and treatments. (Source: WALB) Lights of Love donations will help buy a vehicle to transport cancer patients to and from appointments and treatments. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The 40-foot Lights of Love tree is shining brightly outside the Phoebe Putney Cancer Center Tuesday night.

It celebrates those who beat cancer and remembers those who lost their lives.

A cancer-surviving couple, with 54 years of marriage, wouldn't let a disease steal their freedom or their love.

That's the reason Lem and Linda Griffin were tonight's Lights of Love honorary tree lighters.

"For me to wake up every morning and know that we're fighting cancer in every way we can," said Griffin.

A fight the Griffins know all to well.

Back in 2004, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"That's probably the lowest point of my life but it was also the highest point when we found that she was going to make it," said Griffin.

Eight years later, the tables were turned when Lem was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Lem said the support of his wife and his friends helped get him through.

"The friends, it's the neighbors and the people that call and say they put you on the prayer list," said Griffin.

As each lit a candle, the bright lights illuminated from the 40 feet Christmas tree.

"There is something so magical when a community comes together to support each other and the people going through cancer need support like they've never needed it before in their life," said Phoebe Foundation Executive Lauren Ray.

And to the Griffins, Phoebe Cancer Center has no doubt given them unwavering support.

"For those that are battling cancer there is hope and hopefully by the donations that offered to the Lights of Love that we can continue to make progress in getting rid of this awful disease," said Griffin.

Lem said with little hope and a fight, you can beat it.

Lights of Love donations will help buy a vehicle to transport cancer patients to and from appointments and treatments.

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