A local organization is giving back to cancer patients at CHI Memorial.

Thursday, The Happy Shoes Project gave out goodie bags filled with blankets, a book of inspirational quotes and a pair of shoes.

The idea first started when Ooltewah resident Sandi Sammons was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2015.

Sammons died in 2017, but her family keeps her memory alive through their project to inspire everyone to "put on their happy shoes, and keep walking." 

"So our hope through the Happy Shoes Project is to encourage cancer patients to keep walking on their journey. I know how it helped us to have someone give to us a gift or a call or just a word of encouragement, and so we're hoping through the Happy Shoes Project that we encourage people to have hope and to move forward and keep walking," Happy Shoes Project co-founder Keith Sammons said."You can keep walking through any journey of adversity you have."

To learn more or donate to the Happy Shoes Project, visit the organization's website.