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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Cancer survivor Jimbo Thompson is hoping for a crowd at the Chattahoochee River at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

A group of 70 to 90 members of the team from John B. Amos Cancer Center are taking a trip down the whitewater course. Doctors, nurses, and staff will take two trips down the river.

Thompson says he will be there tomorrow morning to cheer on the people who have cheered him on all these years.

"I've been in my fight for seven years, actually three different kinds of cancer. I'm doing really well, real proud of where I am, and it's all about the fight, and I couldn't do it without them. The patients that are able to make it down on Saturday morning, they should show up and support the group," says Thompson.

Thompson says the staff has always showed him compassion, and this is his opportunity to support them back. He hopes others will join.

It's a chance for many patients and their caretakers to encourage one another as they bond over the fun event. Thompson says staff members at the hospital changed his life. He credits his healing to the doctors and nurses who helped him soldier through.

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