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Jeanna Richelson brings her inspiration to Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRCB) -- Jefferson Award winner Jeanna Richelson's story of cancer survival has taken her from Chattanooga to the nation's capitol.

She says others inspirational stories have made her want to do more for her community.

"It is humbling to be around people who have done so much," she tells Channel 3.

And she continues to spread her message of hope and support in D.C. at the national awards.  During a luncheon she listened to stories that' have fueled her to do more to help others.

"There is so much more you can do not only here in our communities," noted Richelson.

Jefferson Awards president Sam Beard says as the service awards turns 40 this week, and it's stories like Jeanna's that motivate him  to honor those helping their community.

"Jeanna Richelson pioneered this cancer support group and that why she is an nominee," explained Beard. "The Jefferson Awards have for over 40 years honored over 50,000 unsung heroes."

"Whether it's a donation or time and effort, when you walk away it's the big smile coming from your heart that lets you know you made a difference," said Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

Jeanna says she will take what she has learned in Washington back to Chattanooga and continue to touch the lives of people who feel hopeless when battling cancer.

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