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Pink fire truck helps bring awareness to breast cancer

The Fort Stewart Fire Department held their Driving for Cancer event recently, which featured a pink fire truck that was signed by cancer survivors and their families, The Sun News reports.

The fundraiser included a barbecue and a raffle, with prizes including gift baskets and a pink lawnmower.

Breast cancer survivor LaRue Babbitt signed her name along with both of her sisters'. She has been a survivor for three and a half years, while her sister Fay Ellerbee has been for 34 years. Sadly, her sister Myrtle Wilson lost her battle with the disease, but has her name memorialized on the pink fire engine.

Babbitt told the news source that cancer survivors have two birthdays. Their actual day of birth, and the day they undergo their surgery for the disease.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there are more than two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.

The organization encourages women age 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram. Early diagnosis increases one's chance of beating the disease.ADNFCR-2795-ID-19890995-ADNFCR
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