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Pink Party to benefit breast cancer research

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Kim Durham of Ocean Isle Beach was 38 when she found a lump in her breast during self-examination.

The lump didn’t show up on a mammogram, and after doctors performed a biopsy, she was told it was benign.

She was given two choices—she could have it removed or she could wait and see if anything changed.

“The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

Breast cancer runs in her family. Her mother was diagnosed at 52 and her grandmother at 67. The decision to have surgery was an easy one. It was after her surgery that she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. Benign cells were surrounding the cancerous tumor the doctors didn’t find.

“Nobody wants to give you that diagnosis, and they all want you to wait,” Durham said. “That’s dangerous because breast cancer is so invasive, aggressive and quick.”

Anne Hoffman of Shallotte has never battled breast cancer, nor does it run in her family. She knows people who have been affected by it, and the witness in her wedding was diagnosed at a young age.

Hoffman was inspired to make a difference. She began participating in breast cancer fundraiser walks across the country, raising funds for awareness and research.

“It’s really the most moving thing that I’ve ever done,” Hoffman said.

This year, Hoffman, Durham and three of their friends are participating in the three-day breast cancer walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Their team, Sand Dollars and Soles For a Cure, will walk 20 miles for three days. Cancer survivors, patients, family and friends raise a minimum of $2,100 to participate in the walk with all proceeds benefiting research and awareness.

Hoffman and Durham will host the first annual Pink Party on Sept. 7 at Cinellis Pizzeria and Restaurant in Ocean Isle. The day will begin with a poker tournament at 10 a.m. with the championship table starting at 5 p.m. and kicking off the start of the party. A silent auction, entertainment, food and music will be available for a $10 minimum donation. All proceeds will go toward Hoffman and Durham’s three-day team. Their goal is $25,000.

“There’s no gift too small,” Hoffman said.

To make a donation or for more information about the Pink Party, contact Hoffman at ahoffman@pecs.com or Durham at jimmydurham@mndspring.com.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com