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Beating cancer gains relevance in Austin

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Paint the town pink
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Women in Austin are standing up for breast cancer with the Paint the Town Pink fundraiser. Organizer Barb Nelson has had cancer and at one point it looked like she had one the battle but the cancer is back and its not looking good for her, but she's making the best of it and she's taking a stand for women all over the world with breast cancer.

AUSTIN, Minn. - When Barb Nelson dove in as a volunteer last fall for Austin's annual "Paint the Town Pink" fundraiser, she could never have predicted how relevant the event would be when it finally rolled around.

The ten day fundraiser for breast cancer research runs through February 10th. Planning was in the final stages when Barb found out the breast cancer she first battled in 2011 is back - and it's bad.

"I have cancer right here, right here, right here, right here," says Barb, moving a hand around her head.  The cancer is in her brain, both lungs, her lower back, right shoulder, and left hip.  "So it's pretty much all over," she says.  She's already started radiation.  Chemo is next.  Her chances of surviving are slim - and she knows it.


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