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Breast cancer survivor, advocate inspires fundraiser

Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time, Tracy Dart is a tireless advocate for breast cancer research and awareness, raising more than $100,000 through her Team Tracy for Race for the Cure, an annual event to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.

To support Dart and her battle with the disease, the community is hosting the "We Heart Tracy Dart" fundraiser on August 7, the West Seattle Herald reports. Although Dart was hesitant to benefit from such a fundraiser, her friends insisted.

"She gives and she gives and she gives and everything she asks for is to fight breast cancer," Lisa Dawson, one of the event's organizers, told the publication.

Many organizations are actively trying to achieve breast cancer breakthroughs. News of their efforts is regularly reported, but in the meantime surviving cancer can be difficult financially, even with insurance.

"When you are healing, your body needs to have as little stress as possible, and if you're stressed out about bills you're not going to heal as quickly," Dawson said.

According to the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, breast cancer recurrence, although somewhat rare, is at its highest likelihood within the first two years following treatment. To reduce the risk or recurrence, be sure to take care of yourself emotionally and physically, eat healthy, exercise regularly, reduce stress and continue with regular health screenings.
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