Brothers donate turkeys to Brown Cancer Center patients

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 6:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nearly two dozen families at the Brown Cancer Center walked away Wednesday with a special surprise.

Two brothers donated cooked turkeys to help alleviate some of the stress for the families as they deal with cancer treatments.

The pair also made the deliveries to honor their late mother.

Tommy and Alex Gift are no strangers to an oncology floor. Their mom, Mary Jane Gift, passed away in 2010 after a 28-year battle with breast cancer.

“She meant the world to us and she though the world of us. She loved Thanksgiving. This is the  little bit that we can do -- obviously in her memory -- but to help these families that are in here now. That are battling cancer now . . . just to give them support,” Alex Gift said.

The brothers established the Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund to help families affected by cancer and try to lessen the burden they face.

James Dobbins and his wife, Michelle, were one of the families surprised with a free cooked turkey.

The couple was supposed to be in Ohio to celebrated Thanksgiving, but their plans changed when James needed more treatments.  Dobbins has been battling lymphoma since 2009. Michelle said the delivery helped while small gift, in nature, was a special blessing for her and her family.

The Gifts plan on holding more events like the turkey giveaway in the future to help other patients of the Brown Cancer Center.
 

 

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