Carole has been an active member of the community since she moved to the area in the late 70's. She has taught at Pelham, Mitchell County and Westwood Schools and has played a pivotal role in the lives of many children for almost forty years. She truly loves the children she has taught and has enjoyed having the opportunity to teach children of her former students. Aside from teaching, Carole has had a successful career coaching high school tennis.
Carole has three daughters, Jessica, Erica and Elizabeth. She is a member of Camilla United Methodist Church. As many know, she is a lover of animals, working in her yard, playing tennis, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.
In May of 2016, Carole was feeling fatigued and shortly after found a lump in her neck. A biopsy revealed that she had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and more tests would show that it was an aggressive b-cell lymphoma called Burkitt Lymphoma. She originally went to the hospital with shoulder pain on June 16th and has been hospitalized ever since. Her shoulder was fractured from the disease which was causing most of the pain. The rapidly spreading lymphoma has made its way from the lymphatic system into the adrenal glands, thyroid, bones and multiple organs. In addition to the masses that have grown in numerous places, there is also a mass pressing on her spine which has caused paralysis below the navel.
Despite everything she has gone through and continues to go through, she remains positive and is a favorite patient of each of the doctors and nurses that meet her! Her room is filled with cards, signs, (fake) flowers, balloons and many other gestures of love and support from those that know her.
Cancer Ties Inc. is a non-profit organization in Albany, Ga. Our board of community volunteers ensures that the organization operates transparently and is an excellent steward of the generous financial contributions to Cancer Ties. We are grateful for the community’s support and couldn’t be prouder of the meaningful impact Cancer Ties has had on cancer survivors and their loved ones. Why do we call it Cancer Ties? During a 2007 brainstorming cancer, we learned that each of us has a “tie” to cancer — be it a spouse, parent, child, friend or coworker, and that we are “knot” going to let it win!
WHAT WE DO
With the community’s help, we hold several fundraising events throughout the year to help local cancer patients with medical costs and some household expenses. Mixing fun with community service, Cancer Ties has truly demonstrated that there truly is Only One Albany.
WHY WE DO IT
We began as a group of seven friends who wanted to lend a hand to our friend, Allison Salter, who was battling cancer. Our 2007 event was such a tremendous success that -– with Allison’s help -– we decided to continue to operate Cancer Ties as an ongoing effort.
HOW WE DO IT
We do it with your help. Your participation supports local people -– our friends and neighbors -– whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. There are ongoing opportunities throughout to donate online or offline, attend fundraisers — and have fun!
Carrie C. Hutchinson, Executive Director