High school senior raising money to help cancer patients in Augusta

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A high school senior is raising money to help cancer patients in Augusta, but she needs your help. The Westminster student says families affected should not let the illness get the best of them. She says raising money is important, but the bigger message is hope.

"Today is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice in it," said George Inman.

That Bible verse is what helps him get through the tough days. He says everything in his life changed when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"You appreciate every moment. With all of your friends, with everybody. There's nothing to win," Inman said.

Inman says cancer helped him understand what life is really about.

"The only prize is good relationships with family and friends," he said.

Now, three years later, he's entering the last phase of his treatment and just about has it beat. His positive outlook on life is what inspired his niece, Nina McCallie, to start Breakaway From Brain Cancer.

"Come out and feel encouraged -- and just be uplifted and feel loved by a community," McCallie said.

Suzanne Lilly's husband has recently been affected by cancer.

"We've been on our journey for 13 months," Lilly said.

Despite the news, her family has kept faith and she wants other families to know it gets better.

"Despite that heartbreak, that you can continue on and look to tomorrow to be a better day," Lilly said.

McCallie's event has already passed the initial goal of $5,000, but one sponsor says that other business should help meet the new goal of $10,000.

"Everybody wants to live in a good community. Everybody wants to have a business in a good community, but if you don't participate, it won't be a good community," said Andy Jones of Gerald Jones Honda.

And while Inman says he wants to meet the goal, he says things other than money can help, too.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine," he said.

Breakaway From Brain Cancer is on March 17 at 2:30 p.m. A $25 donation is requested. Organizers say they want families and friends of those affected to share a fun afternoon and forget about any worries. All proceeds will go toward purchasing care packages for cancer patients at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center. Click here for more information on the event.

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