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Some walk in memory of a lost loved one, others in celebration of survival, like the 48 people walking in "JB's Brigade".
"September of 2009 I was diagnosed no with large cell lymphoma. What a shock to hear someone say you have cancer" says Jerry Baggett of Smyrna.
Baggett has been cancer free for two years now, all thanks to a stranger from Bloomfield Iowa.
"My day zero started December 21st 2010. So this December I'll be two years old thanks to Peggy Harris and her unselfish act of love. She stepped up, signed up, became a donor and saved my life" says Baggett.
12 years ago Harris was tested to see if she was a match for a girl at a her church. She wasn't, but ten years later got a call that she was a perfect match for someone nearly 600 miles away.
"We are all here to help one another, that is the reason I went. It's not the type where you give bone marrow, it's like giving blood. Couldn't be easier" explains Harris.
This weekend the two met for the first time. "It's pretty cool. Tonight it has come real for me" says Harris.
It was perfect timing, because Peggy and her husband get to walk with Jerry and his team.
"All the way here, it took about ten hours, I was thinking about what I was gonna say or do, would I need the kleenex! But when we got to motel they were trying to sneak something in our room and we met and we were thrown together fast, furious, no one was prepared, it was great" says Harris.
Jerry says meeting his match and having her here for this walk is indescribable.
There really are no words when you get to walk hand in hand with the stranger that saved your life.
"From the first time I saw her yesterday all I could do is hug her and tell her I love her and thank her for what she has done. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for her so, she's been got a lot of hugging past couple days" says Jerry.
If you want to done or maybe want to think about a team for next year just visit http://www.lls.org/
Friday, October 12 2012, 11:40 PM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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