Lights of Love

Breast cancer survivor Heather Yeiser of Albany has been named the 2015 Lights of Love tree lighter, highlighting the 33rd year of the annual holiday fundraising event for Southwest Georgia cancer patients.  Yeiser will help open the holiday season by lighting the 40 ft. tree during the December 1 ceremony outside Phoebe Cancer Center.

One hundred percent of this year’s donations will go toward amenities to provide comfort for patients and families on the 7th floor inpatient oncology unit, as well as to help cancer patients undergoing treatment who are in financial distress with everyday needs through the Cancer Crisis Fund of Phoebe Foundation. Approximately 9,000 patients receive care in the 35-bed oncology unit each year for high dose chemotherapy, disease progression, and oncological emergencies.

Each year since 1983, lights representing donations to Phoebe's cancer services have adorned the "Lights of Love" tree in front of the hospital. Proceeds from the Junior Woman's Club of Albany's holiday project provide special services for patients and families dealing with the devastating effects of cancer.

However, Lights of Love is more than a holiday event, it is a year-round project, and your gifts are welcome at any time.

You can help brighten the lives of those battling a disease that strikes two out of three families. For a suggested contribution of $25.00 or more, a symbolic light in honor or in memory of your special someone will adorn the tree. Your gift will be acknowledged and you will receive an invitation to attend the festive Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony. Each year, a cancer survivor is chosen to throw the switch at the ceremonial lighting of the tree, signifying hope for all cancer patients.

Lights of Love firsts

  • Lights of Love in 1983 was the first public fundraising event in the 72-year history of Phoebe.
  • Approximately 1,200 lights were used to decorate the first 30-foot, Australian pine tree.
  • Mrs. Sheila Harvin, of Enterprise, Ala., an oncology patient, was the first tree lighter.
  • More than $16,800 was contributed at the first tree lighting ceremony.

Since its inception, Lights of Love donations have surpassed the $1 million mark, providing special services and amenities to cancer patients and their families right here in our own community.

To make a gift to Lights of Love, click here.