DALTON, Ga. With a shovel in her hand and wearing a hard hat, two-time breast cancer survivor Julia Lansing danced as the song "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" blasted from speakers at the groundbreaking celebration for the Peeples Cancer Institute Thursday evening.
"I'm real thrilled about the center," said Lansing, 80, of Rocky Face. "I volunteer at the Judd Cancer Treatment Center and were all excited about it."
The groundbreaking was held to celebrate Hamilton Medical Center beginning construction on the state-of-the-art cancer institute. The institute will be located across from the Bandy Plaza near the corner of Broadrick and Memorial drives. The name is in honor of local philanthropists Willena and Shelby Peeples, who "provided a significant legacy gift toward the development of the cancer institute," according to Hamilton officials.
Scott Sellers, chair of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, said plans to develop the institute began in the fall of 2015 with the foundation adopting a goal to raise $8 million for the project.
"With a 'can do' attitude, our foundation and trustees rolled up their sleeves and got to work raising awareness and acquiring funds from our community," he said. "Im pleased to report that to date weve raised $9.1 million, the ...