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Christmas light display a big motivator for cancer survivor

ELGIN, SC (WIS) - Welcome to one of the biggest light shows in Elgin -- a 35,000 light spectacular organized by just one man: Paul Towns.

"It's not that easy to do all this," said Towns. "It's a lot of work you have to love it or you wouldn't do it." 

Each year, neighbors young and old are drawn to Towns' array of Christmas lights, hay rides, and massive train collection.

"I just want to give to kids and help kids," said Towns.

There's one kid that has motivated Towns to keep the light shining. His name is Cole Sawyer, an 11-year-old who had a rare form of cancer and died in 2004.

"He used to sell bumper stickers to raise money for Camp Chemo to send other kids to camp even though he was sick," said Towns. "It was really important to us to make sure we could keep his dream alive by sending kids to camp."

The same year, Towns learned he had lymphoma and still battles it to this day. Since then, Towns accepts donations from visitors, so children with cancer can attend Camp Chemo.

Belinda Toatley and her grandchildren are first timers.

"I think it's a marvelous thing he's doing a way to reach people through the heart," said Toatley. "It's an extra special meaning to Christmas."

Towns ultimate motivation keeps him going through the holiday season.

"We're helping keep Cole's memory alive," said Towns. "That keeps me going."

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