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Raising money for breast cancer through inspirational calendar

For one Seabrook, Massachusetts, woman, raising money and breast cancer awareness is of utmost importance, The Newburyport News reports.

When Brenda Smith got involved with a local Avon Walk for Breast Cancer some five years ago she found she was able to raise $19,000 - $17,500 more than was necessary. Since then, she has turned into a fundraising machine.

From bake sales to motorcycle rides, Smith says fundraising is something she loves doing and feels great knowing the money (close to $200,000) she helps raise goes to such deserving people. Her funds are greatly needed, as 1 in 8 women are set to develop the disease over their lifetimes, according to BreastCancer.org.

This year, Smith and her crew of volunteers are trying a new approach to raise money by way of a calendar called Heroes for Hope Breast Cancer Calendar: Stories of Strength, Courage and Survival. The calendar will feature pictures and stories of 13 women and one man who are from the area and are either survivors or current fighters of the disease.

"I knew I wanted to do something on a local level, and the calendar idea was perfect," Smith told the news outlet. "Having real, local people who have survived breast cancer makes it all the more perfect. It's taking something devastating and turning it into a positive experience for everyone involved."
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