Cancer patients are getting encouragement from the young listeners of a local radio station.

Spirit FM is launching a program called "Butterfly Hugs."

Children are asked to make cards with a butterfly theme and send them to the radio station.

The greetings have a positive message that's designed to cheer up a cancer patient during treatment and recovery.

Morning show hosts Michael Brown and Erica Parkerson delivered some of the cards Wednesday morning to hospitals in Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem.

"I'm excited about it," said Sylvia Smith, a cancer patient at Centra's Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center who received a greeting card Wednesday.  "The butterfly hugs are very supportive and are going to keep me going with everything that I need to do."

"Butterfly Hugs" is an ongoing program.  Children who would like to participate can drop off cards at the radio station on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.