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The Rathbun Center

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 10:59 AM EDT
News 13 continues our challenge to help give back. Our morning anchors are spotlighting 3 local charities every month. Voting opens on our Facebook page the last Monday of this month for one of them to win $1,000 from Byran Easler Toyota.

Last week we told you about Inheritance of Hope. The group helps local families who have a parent with a life-threatening illness, make memories together during a special retreat.
This week we are spotlighting The Rathbun Center. It's a place of refuge in Asheville when a loved one may be fighting for their life.

It's called "the house with a heart" and what happens inside the walls is priceless.

Client, Teressa Sweet, says The Rathbun Center "is like home away from home because it gives us a place to stay.  I feel secure here when I have to leave him at the hospital.  It's just a wonderful place."

The Rathbun Center provides food, lodging and friendship for those with a loved one receiving treatment in Asheville. Founder of The Rathbun Center, Adelaide Key, says she once had cancer herself. Key raised $3 million to build this center.

Patient Danny Sweet says the center, "is more than a place to come, it's a place to be healed."  Danny Sweet and his wife have been coming here from Cherokee since 2006 while he gets treatment at the V.A. hospital for a chronic nerve disease.  Sweet says, "its been a help for me physically to do the treatments, come back here and rest." Plus, it takes away the financial burden of a hotel.

The Rathbun Center operates on donations and right now they are in need of items for their pantry. They would spend the $1,000 to give locals even more support during tough times.

To find out more about The Rathbun House click here.

Next Monday we'll spotlight the final charity in this month's challenge. The Rathbun Center

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