Columbia, SC (WLTX) - According to DHEC, cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in South Carolina.
One group in the Midlands is aiming to bring a little holiday cheer to a number of cancer patients and survivors.
On Sunday night, a red carpet greeted visitors arriving for a holiday get together with a very special message.
"We wanted to treat the folks at the South Carolina Oncology Associates to some special times here at Christmas," Weslynn Hutto.
From dinner and decorations to cookies and cake, cancer survivors and patients currently going through treatment were brought together to socialize and show support.
"Some of the folks can't travel home because of being ill, so it was very special to us," said Hutto, a volunteer at the event. "If they don't feel at home then we haven't done our part. That's what we want, we want them to come in the door happy and leave happy and uplifted a little bit."
A woman named Ida Storrs knows all too well the struggles of battling cancer.
"After six years of treatments," said Storrs, "I've survived."
She hopes the event will help raise cancer awareness in the Midlands.
"It's fantastic. It's all decorated all nice and I'm really glad to be here," said Storrs.
"Ida has survived, treatment after treatment and she has to keep going to get checked out and they're keeping her alive."
While Ida is cancer free, for William Irwin it's a different story. He was diagnosed with cancer just two months ago and attended the event on Sunday for one reason.
"Support. The people with cancer to meet the people who have been cured of cancer. That's very encouraging," said Irwin.
It's a message of hope, brought through the spirit of the holiday season. Giving patients a message of support, while spoiling them with sweets and snacks.
"We just want to be there for them. Give them hugs are whatever they need today and hopefully it will carry a little bit through the holiday season."
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