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Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

People in West Knoxville make blankets for NICU babies

People in West Knoxville make blankets for NICU babies

People in West Knoxville worked together making blankets, so babies in East Tennessee hospitals can keep warm while they sleep.

Volunteers gathered at the Jamison Inn to participate in "A Spark of Kindness." This project makes blankets for babies housed in the neonatal intensive care unit.

These babies will be able to take these blankets home with them when they're finally released.

Organizers, like Amber White, said this is just a small token to help out families who have to spend the holidays in the hospital.

Grace teacher walks 50 miles to raise money for student with cancer

Grace teacher walks 50 miles to raise money for student with cancer

A Knoxville teacher is taking steps to help one of his students.

Brad Zockoll is a Bible teacher at Grace Christian Academy, who has been walking non-stop at the school's football field since midnight.

He's walking to help raise funds for a student who is being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma.

Before the evening is over, he will have finished walking fifty miles. He's hoping his walk will inspire people to donate money to help his student and her family while she goes through treatment.

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Pilot CrossKnox Race Set for October 28

Pilot CrossKnox Race Set for October 28

From the City of Knoxville

The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Track Club will host the Sixth Annual Pilot CrossKnox 10-Miler and 4-Mile Walk at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28th. 

The race, sponsored by Pilot, is run on City greenways beginning at the Alex Haley Statue in Morningside Park in East Knoxville and finishing 10 miles later at Bearden Elementary School in West Knoxville.

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

(Information provided by Kathleen Gibi)

Residing near the University of Tennessee's campus in Downtown-West Knoxville, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities to Knoxvillians. Third Creek Greenway, which connects to Neyland and Bearden Greenways, is a popular place to run, walk, and bike.