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Flash mob brings awareness to cancer


For many who have battled and beat cancer they feel a sense to give back and help educate others.

In Amber Philpott's May Think Pink, she has the story of one woman's fight to beat breast cancer and how it led her to organize a unique and fun way to spread the word about early detection.

For those who turned out for Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington on May 16th, they were treated to quite a scene when an unexpected flash mob broke out.

The flash mob was the brain child of Patricia Huffman, a woman on a mission to bring awareness to cancer by way of dance.

"Well what we wanted to do is have something that the community could all participate in regardless of age, talent or ability that was fun," said Huffman.

Her idea of a flash mob to draw attention to cancer is the result of having faced the disease head on herself.

"I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in April 2010 about a month before my 40th birthday," said Huffman.

A self breast exam led Huffman to her lump, she received treatment and is now living proof early detection is key.

Having put cancer behind her, Huffman wanted a way to reach out to others.

"They always say flash mobs, particularly you don't try and raise a point its more entertainment value, but we believe that there is a point to be made."

Huffman recruited dozens of people including members of the Tates Creek High School dance team.

For many involved there is a personal reason for why they are dancing.

"I was really excited to do this because my aunt recently passed from breast cancer and my grandfather was recently diagnosed and I have had a lot of family members affected by several different types of cancer," said Britany Carter.

The flash mob took weeks to perfect, but in one performance Huffman hopes its message was loud and clear to all who looked on.

"We do believe early detection saves lives, so if we can encourage one person to schedule a mammogram or visit a physician if they are experiencing symptoms sooner than later that that's what we've done," said Huffman.

Huffman is a three year survivor and says she is healthy and happy.


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