Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo donates to breast cancer programs

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo has donated $11,696 to programs in the community as part of its Tough Enough To Wear Pink Program.

The money will be shared among area hospital foundations to assist uninsured women in the battle against breast cancer.

In the past seven years, the fair has donated more than $112,000 to local programs to help uninsured women. Hundreds of women in our community have received free mammograms and cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance. The fair partners with the Kadlec Foundation, the KGH Foundation, the Lourdes Foundation and the PMH Foundation to implement these life-saving programs.

Youth exhibitors at the fair also participated in the fund-raising effort.  Rada Rabbits & Cavies 4-H club designed and sold special pink t-shirts and offered laminating services for education posters used by fair exhibitors. The club raised $500, which was donated to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.