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Community comes together for “Debbie Days”

The staff at Blake Pharmacy in West Union this week held a “Debbie Days” fundraiser for former employee, Debbie Newman, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Debbie Newman was a valued employee and remains part of our family,” said the Blake family. “We appreciated her hard work and dedication during her time here, and we simply wanted to help a lady who has done so much for so many over the years.”

Community members turned out to support the week-long event, which featured a raffle, a bake sale, and a silent auction. Gift baskets, home decor, gift certificates, health & beauty items, and Valentine’s Day gifts were among the more than 50 auction items donated by individuals and local businesses.

Debbie is an employee of the National Bank of Adams County in West Union, where she works as Head Teller.

“She’s a really good friend to everyone,” said co-worker, Sherry Jodrey. “All the community has come together and been very supportive.”

Currently undergoing chemotherapy, Newman continues to work on her good days in the bank’s bookkeeping department.

National Bank Executive Vice President Christopher Harover said, “Debbie has been with us for 23 years, she’s been one of our most loyal and reliable employees, even now during her sickness, she still comes in when she feels well enough. Our entire staff is supportive of her, pitching in to cover the work, so she can concentrate on becoming well.”

Fundraiser events such as “Debbie’s Days” not only help to raise money for victims, but also to raise awareness about the disease.

According to the Breast Cancer.org website about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

All women are at risk for breast cancer, and as you get older, your risk increases. The average woman has about a 12-13% risk of developing breast cancer. That might sound scary, but you can look at it another way: a 12-13% risk means there’s an 87-88% chance that you won’t develop breast cancer.

Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of breast cancer.

Today, there are many risk factors that have contributed to more women being diagnosed with breast cancer. Most breast cancers aren’t inherited — only about 5% to 10% are. This means there are many things you can do to lower your risk of being diagnosed.

Researchers are working to learn how factors in the environments outside and inside your body may work separately and together to affect your health and your risk of developing breast cancer. The environment inside your body includes genetics (the genes you got from your mother and father), hormone levels, and illnesses. The environment outside your body includes air, water, food, and everything else you come into contact with each day. Parts of this external environment enter your internal environment every day — the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, and the vitamins or medicines you take are just a few.

Some of these factors — your sex, your age, and your genetics, for example — can’t be changed. But many other factors — smoking cigarettes, exercising, and eating nutritious food — can be changed or modified. By making the healthiest choices possible, you can make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.

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Blake’s Pharmacy sponsors week-long fundraiser

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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