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Bikinis for Breast Cancer group raises $25,000

The Bikinis for Breast Cancer event sponsored by the Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort exceeded expectations this year, raising $25,000 to fight breast cancer, according to a new report from The Banff Crag and Canyon.

"I'm amazed. It's such a great achievement," said Hayley Cresp, the event coordinator at Sunshine Village. "We doubled our tally from last year and we had such a great turnout and all the girls have really put in the effort to raise the money. It really is amazing, we never even imagined we'd get this much."

The organization hoped to reach a fundraising goal of $15,000, exceeding their efforts last year, which yielded about $10,000. The organizers were thrilled to discover that more than $25,000 poured in as a result of a silent auction and other events held this year.

About one in eight, or 12 percent, of American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Thus, all women over the age of 40 are recommended by the ACS to receive yearly mammograms. Younger women should also have regular self breast-exams and go to the clinic for doctor's exams. Skin cancer is the only other cancer that has a higher prevalence rate than breast cancer in the United States.
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