Image result for Free cancer tests pay off for Georgia Cancer CenterAn expanded lung cancer screening program at Georgia Cancer Center more than pays for itself, a new study finds.

Almost exactly two years ago, Dixie Hill, 18, lost her beloved grandfather, Virgil Widener, to lung cancer.

“He died on her 16th birthday,” said her mother, Shannon. The Harlem High School senior is holding a fundraising softball game this weekend and will donate the money to the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University as a tribute to him, she said.

“She was very close to him so she figured this is one way to honor him,” her mother said.

A free and expanded lung cancer screening program at the center aims to prevent more families from losing loved ones to the disease, and a new study found that it more than pays for itself in treatment and services.