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Nadine Wimmer Reporting October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and today survivors of breast cancer and their supporters found a unique way to raise money for the cause and have some fun at the same time.
Getting a pink rubber ducky to land in the pond is the name of the game. The name of the cause is breast cancer.
"We wanted to find something where they didn't have any previous skill, so we got the water balloon launchers. The idea is to get enough height and distance into the pool," event co-organizer Katy Jackson explained.
While a rubber ducky got a lucky bounce, participants found it was much harder than it looked.
However, survivors of breast cancer believe the disease is easy to diagnose and something every woman needs to consider. "I'm a breast cancer survivor myself, of two years. I was diagnosed two years ago with invasive ductile carcinoma," Peg Fugal said. "I had a lumpectomy and four months of chemotherapy and two months of radiation."
Fugal is now cancer free and motivated to share her story to help other women to take breast cancer seriously and save them from the ordeal she went through.
"Breast cancer is 97 percent curable if it is detected early. Get your annual mammogram. If you are a woman, go get it. If you are a man, make sure the women in your life have them. You should start at age 40 unless you have a history of breast cancer, then starting in your 20s getting your annual mammogram. There are a lot of horrible cancers out there, but breast cancer is manageable," Fugal said.
The money raised today is going toward an ice machine for patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in American Fork.
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