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Smashing Cars for Cancer Research

February 10, 2019 11:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The latest Paint the Town Pink event was a smash hit. People gathered at the Mower County Fair Grounds to watch cars ram into each other, all in support of breast cancer research.

Maegan Siebe is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

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“I was diagnosed at age 26 in 2013. After doctor’s referrals and testing I was diagnosed with stage 3 HER2-positive inflammatory breast cancer,” she said.

One of the most difficult parts, she said, was taking time off from her job as a teacher.

"That was really hard to be away from my students. I've just been continuing to go through and now I’m all done with the treatments and five years later here I am back to my life," she said.

Now, she serves as the ambassador for the 9th Annual Paint the Town Pink Campaign, which raises money for breast cancer research.

"Paint the Town Pink is truly a community event. It really brings everybody together," she said.

Sunday, people came together for the 6th annual Smashing Cancer Demolition Derby event.

Fair Board Director John Mueller says it’s the perfect way for the fair board to participate.

"We decided we can do something to help also. 6 years ago one of our board members got involved and said maybe we can do a winter demolition derby.  We know our Mower County Fair fans love demolition derbies. It's been very successful,” he said.

Jason Duffy drove one of the cars in the derby. He painted his with the names of loved ones touched by cancer.
"We're just trying to show them what we can do for that and try to raise some money for a good cause," he said.

All of the proceeds will go to the Hormel Institute’s research to find treatments and a cure for breast cancer.

Now,  Maegan has the chance to give back to the community that supported her.

"Paint the Town Pink is an extension of how Austin really embraces and supports the people and the important things in our community," she said. 

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Talia Milavetz

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