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Oktoberfest parade float to raise breast cancer awareness


Three local ladies want to spread the news about breast cancer awareness and to celebrate breast cancer survivors as part of the Sidney Oktoberfest parade.

All breast cancer survivors are welcome to walk alongside or ride on the float in recognition of October which is breast cancer awareness month. These women wish to raise awareness about breast cancer detection and think that if only one person gets a mammogram as a result of seeing the float that it's worth it. Those who want to walk with the float and anyone who would like to support breast cancer awareness month are invited to wear pink.

"It's a good chance to reach out to a lot of people," said Leslie Biggs.

Biggs, a nurse, emphasized that early detection and awareness is the key to the best outcome, when it comes to breast cancer.

There are three keys to prevention which are self exam, physician exam and mammogram.

"That combination is best," Biggs said.

The float will feature a pink ribbon for breast cancer. Those walking along with the float will be handing out fliers for those who are interested as well as pink ribbons and most importantly, candy.

All the ladies involved believe that honoring survivors is important.

"It promotes awareness by honoring them," Biggs said.

Every woman over 40, as well as those with a family history or with changes should schedule a mammogram.

"Hopefully we'll inspire many to schedule their mammogram," Biggs said.

Those interested can contact Rita Schinzel-Anest at 308-254-7370, Kris Tvrs at 308-254-6365 or Leslie Biggs at 308-254-4183 for more information.


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