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Leukemia survivor Katie Vacanti-Mitchell delivered nearly 200 stuffed bears this afternoon to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


The gift  was coordinated by LifeWay Christian Stores in Nashville and donated on behalf of Katie’s advocacy group for families, Katie’s Helping Hand, which has raised more than $100,000 to provide meals to parents at the children’s hospital.

Katie formed the Katie’s Helping Hand organization in 2004 after receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital.

The gift underscores the need for holiday donations at Children’s Hospital, officials said.

For 11 years, Kelsey Towns ran the 5-mile Boulevard Bolt. This year, a
rare form of cancer threatened to keep her out of the race until a local
celebrity stepped forward.

Titans player Cortland Finnegan helped the high school student to the finish line, not on her two feet but aboard three wheels.

"I've participated since 1999. I had surgery a month ago from today and wanted to do it so Cortland pushed me," said Kelsey.

Kelsey is battling a rare form of cancer
called Synovial Sarcoma. She met Cortland during a recent visit to the
hospital for a round of Chemo, and they've been friends ever since.

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A Dickson community is making an extraordinary effort to help a sick child with cancer.

White Bluff’s Kelsie Karnes, 10, is receiving encouragement from the whole community in hopes of lifting the burden off her shoulders. She's been battling cancer since she was 6 years old and diagnosed when she was in kindergarten.

"She's full of life, funny, very smart. You can't be around her without smiling. She's just a lot of fun,” said Kelsie’s mother, Tammy Karnes.


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The best way to beat cancer is to catch it early. That is why lifesaving cancer screening can help reduce mortality rates. I am one of the 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and I know first hand the importance of early detection as I am one of those stupid people that choose to ignore having a colonoscopy at age 50.

Oh, I had all the other screenings done as recommended over the years, but for some reason - too busy, I guess, or didn't place the value and importance of the testing and thinking that "colon cancer just couldn't happen to me" - I just never had the test.

Boy, was I wrong. My first colonoscopy at age 63 found stage 4 colon cancer, and my life as I knew it changed forever.


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