Created: 07/28/2014 10:41 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- About ten years ago, Pam Klocek got a call from her doctor about scheduling her annual mammogram.
But Klocek, who lives in Wells, MN, said she didn't see the need.
"Albert Lea called and I said, ‘Oh, I don't need one this year. I've been fine, I don't need one,’” Klocek said. “[They said,] 'Oh, come on, you might as well just come in.’ I said, ‘Alright I'll come in.’"
As it turned out, subsequent mammograms would show a small pocket of cancerous cells in one of her breasts.
After surgery and radiation treatment, Klocek was cancer free, but she said she knows how lucky she was that doctors caught it early and now urges everyone to get checked regularly.
"Don't ever, ever say 'Oh, I'll just wait,’" Klocek said.
To help spread hope to others battling cancer, Klocek’s family started the Wells Area Save Second Base committee and launched a fundraiser to give back to the Cancer Center at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, where Klocek received her treatment.
This year, the event raised $12,000, and over the past seven years the group has raised a total of $69,000 that the clinic uses to provide care and comfort for their patients.
"They bought wigs for people who don't have insurance, and the real nice fluffy robes, and they bought a recliner chair...sweat pants, sweat shirts,” Klocek said.
Klocek said the community support has been overwhelming, and she is just happy to be able to give back to those in need.
"I visit the girls and they'll bring me to the back room, 'See what we bought, see what we bought.' So I think it's kind of nice,” Klocek said. “It's been a success, I hope, and I hope we can keep going."