Community supports St. Jude's worker battling cancer

Peggy McCollum organizes St. Jude's events while going through chemotherapy

FLORENCE, Ala. - Peggy McCollum has spent her life helping children at St. Jude’s Hospital, but now she’s the one needing help in her battle with cancer. On Sunday her community in Shoals came together to make sure she knows she’s not fighting alone. 

"I can't describe it,” McCollum said. “It's just an amazing feeling to know that a little bit's going to go a long way."

That's the feeling McCollum says she gets every time she helps a child St. Jude's. Now she has similar feelings knowing how many people want to help her.

"I just want to pay ahead and I can't describe it,” she continued. “I don't know some of these people, but they know me somehow and they came out to support us and help us and it means a lot."

Those she knows and those she doesn't let McCollum know how she’s impacted their lives by writing a note on a tree. But her granddaughter doesn't need a note. She makes sure her grandmother knows what an inspiration she is to her every day.

"I want to grow up and be just like her,” said Lexi Jones. “If I could grow up and be half the person my grandmother is, it's amazing."

McCollum has been organizing events for St. Jude’s through her chemotherapy and is still working on more. She says she’ll be opening those letters from the tree on the good days and the bad ones to help get her through.


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