Pink tractor promotes breast cancer awareness

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 12:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Northwest Farm Credit Services wanted something to help draw attention to breast cancer. The company sponsors the Susan G. Komen “Race For The Cure” and rolled out a pink, 1950s International Harvester at the finish line of the race last year.

Just as the pink tractor project was coming together, Northwest Farm Credit Services 22-year employee, Diane Mock, went in for her regular mammogram. Radiologists found breast cancer. She ultimately decided to get a double masectomy and today she is cancer-free.

Mock was initially reluctant to talk about her breast cancer, but now she has made it her mission to spread awareness.

“Women are afraid to go in,” Mock said. “They’re like, ‘You know, I really don’t want to find out.’ Well, you need to find out. You need to get in there and take care of it. I look at myself, you know, I have my life.”

Through her diagnosis, Mock has realized just how common breast cancer is.

“I live in a very small community just outside of Airway Heights and I know of three women, just in my little community there that have battled breast cancer.”

Ten years ago, Northwest Farm Credit Services’ CFO, Michael Armstrong, lost his battle with breast cancer, making the cause that much more important to the company.

So far, the pink tractor has helped raise more than $10,000 for breast cancer research. It travels to events all across the Northwest and the money raised in each location, stays local

For more information, visit the The Pink Tractor website.

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