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Survivor giving back, helping those with breast cancer take a vacation

Many times when there is a diagnosis of breast cancer in a family life can stop and all attention turns to fighting the disease.

One North Carolina breast cancer survivor is on a mission to help families come together and take a moment to forget about cancer one vacation at a time.

Her recent stop in Lexington is the focus of WKYT's June Talk Pink.

It is a fundraiser that is very unique, raising money for family vacations.

Sounds strange, not to Jeanine Patten-Coble.

"When I was diagnosed my whole family was diagnosed and they needed to be cared for just like I needed to be cared for. That's what Little Pink does, we put a big huge, loving embrace around families who are going through a really difficult crisis," said Jeanine Patten-Coble, Founder of Little Pink Houses of Hope.

So after being diagnosed in 2009, Patten-Coble went on vacation and the idea of Little Pink Houses of Hope was born.

"Little Pink Houses of Hope provides free week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. So when the cancer bomb explodes in your house and it feels big and feels overwhelming that's when Little Pink steps in," said Patten-Coble.

Families are treated to trips that for many of them might not be possible.

Families can relax, reconnect and rejuvenate.

For those who have been treated to the trips, they say they can finally forget about cancer if just for a week.

"It gave us a vacation that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to take. It was the first time we had a weeks long vacation since my wife's diagnosis," said Nick Kleiner.

And its stories like that one that Jeanine Patten-Coble wants to share, she is on a 30 city trek, with a stop Thursday night in Lexington.

"Alumni who have been on our retreats have organized these great events to showcase Little Pink in their own communities because it means so much to them," said Patten-Coble.

It is a way to continue helping families fight the fight together by providing a little rest and relaxation one little pink house at a time.

Just this month Jeanine Patten-Coble celebrated her five year cancerversary.

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