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ATLANTA, Ga. -- Lauren Howell, mom to five year old Liam, and K.K. Cayce, mom to 14 year old Collier, unfortunately have a lot in common. 

Howell's son was born with infantile fibrosarcoma and began chemotherapy at just two weeks old. Years of grueling treatment has resulted in Liam being cancer free. 

K.K.'s son Collier, was diagnosed in the fall with Ewings Sarcoma, stage four. A tumor that was attached to Collier's tibia, spread to his lungs. 

11 Alive surprised Howell and Cayce with some special gifts for this Mother's Day. 

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

(ATLANTA) -- The Drug Enforcement Office of Atlanta is holding the sixth annual nationwide prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at several area locations.

The drug take-back service is free and open to the public. It follows a "no questions asked" theme according to Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell.

He says the opportunity to get rid of pill abuse and theft by having all people bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions to the event is something embraced by all. Since September 2010, law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities have teamed with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds, almost 1,018 of prescriptions.

There will be numerous sites set up on Saturday to accept drugs from Georgia residents - all in an effort the increase public safety and public health.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County is receiving plenty of recognition for its health initiatives.

The county's employee health program, Healthy Hall County, was applauded Thursday at Celebrate Healthy North Georgia, an annual wellness event that educates Georgians on ways to live healthy lives.

"Hall County is honored to be recognized as a leader in the community for promoting health and wellness," county human resources director Bill Moats said in a statement. "We are appreciative of our county commissioners, administration and community center staff for their support."

Healthy Hall County provides county employees with free access to community health centers, admission to boot camps and fitness sessions, and other tools they need to lose weight, get healthy and be happier.

Shop with a Jock takes kids on Falcons shopping spree

Shop with a Jock takes kids on Falcons shopping spree

ATLANTA -- Forty kids from the Odyssey Villas apartments in Vine City get a chance to go on a shopping spree this week with some of their football heroes.

The Shop with a Jock program pairs Atlanta Falcons players, including tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Julio Jones, with disadvantaged children for a Christmas shopping trip to Walmart.

The Walmart on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road in Suwanee has agreed to host the Shop with a Jock kids at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Participating children are selected through Odyssey Villas' Action Ministries Atlanta program.

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FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Former Falcons cheerleader, bestselling financial author join Nicholas House family

Former Falcons cheerleader, bestselling financial author join Nicholas House family

ATLANTA -- Recently, at Nicholas House’s monthly Open Door Tour, former Falcons cheerleader Shay Latte and bestselling financial author Ornella Grosz were so impressed and taken with the programs and families that they whole-heartedly joined the family of Nicholas House volunteers.