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April 25--  Toombs County native son Nick Eason has two Superbowl rings but he says they mean nothing compared to what he was able to do Thursday in honor of his late mother.


He made a seven-figure contribution to the Meadows Healthcare Foundation and named the medical center's newest addition the Iris H. Wilcox Cancer Treatment Center.  His mom, who was a teacher at Toombs County High School, died of cancer last year. 

{mosimage}Melissa Hightower of the foundation told those attending the naming ceremony it was divine guidance that led her to Nick.

"This person is a world changer.  His mother once told him he can't fix the world and his response was 'I'll die trying.'  I believe that.  With this donation to this cancer center he's changing our world and the lives in this community," she said.

Eason told the crowd his mother's death had a profound impact on him.

"It was really a life-changing experience for me.  It brought me closer to God.  Without him I would be nothing.  My Mom was a woman of faith.  She loved God, she loved her church, she loved all  people and that's what its about.'

My church motto at Holy Ghost Assembly is 'Lord, Make Us One Everywhere.' That's my vision, to become one community and to not be segregated by race or color, to not be segregated by church affiliation, to not be segregated by rich or poor.  One thing I realized is my Foundation helps people in trying times when they're dealing with cancer and cancer does not discriminate against anyone," Nick said.

The new cancer radiation treatment center is expected to start treating its first patients May 1.