AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Nearly 300 balloons filled the skies of Auburn on Tuesday as dozens of people gathered at the downtown store Wrapsody to celebrate breast cancer survivors and fighters.
"We are a ladies store and ladies and gentleman area all affected by breast cancer, either themselves friends or family. Everyone who comes in has someone that they know or love or care about that has breast cancer," explains Wrapsody owner Sarah Brown.
All month long Wrapsody has been honoring those with breast cancer through its annual Hope Floats campaign.
$2,000 has been raised to help patients who cannot afford treatments, fund screenings with the goal of detecting cancer in its early stages.
"Which is very important to our community because it stays right here in Lee Count and six surrounding counties," says Gail Hall of the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, and nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
"Susan G. Koman does not support this area so we have to find different ways to help support the women in our community."
Wrapsody's Hope window is filled with pictures and personalized ribbons offering messages of support and remembering loved ones.
Several breast cancer survivors released balloons Tuesday and encouraged the community, young and old, to get checked.
"Be aware of any sign. I found the lump, so not only mammograms, but self-exams because that's how found mine," explains survivor, Leslie Carter.
"Hopefully everybody realizes you can survive breast cancer, but you have to do early detection, whether it is mammography or self exams, it can save your life. It did mine," says survivor, Cindy Harris.
For any questions or issues regarding mammograms or diagnostic testing, contact EAMC's Breast Health Navigator, Colleen Alsobrook, at 334-528-4370.