Lights of Love surpasses fundraising goal

Annual cancer benefit raises more than $70,000

ALBANY —The 2013 Lights of Love campaign soared past its goal of $50,000 to raise more than $70,000 to benefit the Phoebe Cancer Center, officials at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital have announced.

The 2013 donations are expected to be used to renovate the radiation oncology clinic waiting area, including new, comfortable seating more conducive to the needs of patients at the center.

A collaboration of the Junior Woman’s Club of Albany and Phoebe Foundation, Lights of Love is an annual fundraiser that gives the community an opportunity to honor or remember their loved ones while giving a special gift to cancer patients and their families. The Lights of Love tree, located outside the main entrance of the hospital during the holidays, holds symbolic white lights representing those honored and remembered.

The $70,000 total exceeded the highest total previously raised, which was $66,823 in 2004, Phoebe officials say. Albany businesswoman Patsy Martin was the cancer survivor chosen to light this year’s tree and was instrumental in the fund raising.