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"No one fights alone," woman leaves bags of gifts for cancer patients around Dalton

"No one fights alone." That's the motto you'll find on bags left at pharmacies, churches and cancer treatment centers across several local counties. (Image: Lynn Hawkins)

A non-profit in Whitfield County, Georgia is encouraging cancer patients with a simple bag of goodies while they go through difficult treatments.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises the woman behind "Sassy's Hope."

In 2015, Lynn Hawkins started Sassy's Hope in Dalton, Georgia.

She says it was her father's battle with lung cancer that inspired her to find ways to help other patients who are in desperate need of basic necessitates during treatment.

"No one fights alone." That's the motto you'll find on bags left at pharmacies, churches and cancer treatment centers across several local counties.

Lydia Spark's mother was one of the lucky women to receive what's called "a bag of hope."

"My mother was so excited, as a cancer patient you don't get recognized," said Lydia.

Lydia's mother is one of hundreds of cancer patients in Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties who received free blankets, wigs, gas cards, even snacks to help them through treatment.

"A simple act of kindness, giving that to someone means the world," said Lydia.

Today, Lydia is giving back to Lynn, surprising her at work at the Whitfield County Courthouse.

"We are here to do Pay It Forward," Lydia told the security guard.

We hid in the break room as Lynn rounded the corner.

"I'm here to Pay It Forward to you, for all your dedication, your love, your compassion, to our cancer patients, specifically me and my mother. I want to Pay It Forward to you from Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm. I Love you," surprised Lydia.

"Oh my gosh," whispered Lynn.

Lynn says every item in her Bag of Hope is often an overlooked necessity for cancer patients.

Hats, makeup bags, water cups, even organic bath salts and lotion.

"And also a peppermint sniffer, which we make ourselves, because when you are going through chemo, a lot of times you get sick with nausea, and peppermint has been proven to help with that," showed Lynn.

Lynn says everything she does for Sassy's Hope is in memory of her father.

"God just laid it on my heart that we need to help people in the community," said Lynn.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others in the community? Nominate them here.


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