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Komen Central Wisconsin hosts annual breast cancer benefit

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SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -- Central Wisconsin's Susan G. Komen hosted its fourth annual cooking for a cure benefit Thursday at the Wausau Country Club.

Visitors were treated to a four-course meal, but the benefit was about much more than food. The benefit raised money and awareness for breast cancer patients.

Kristine Alston was this year's Honorary Survivor. This year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and later told she was cancer-free.

Alston stressed the importance of regular cancer screenings.

"If I would have skipped this [year's exam] even six months, [my cancer] would not have been curable."

Alston says Central Wisconsin Komen helped her and her family stay strong during her cancer treatments.

"I have such a great bank of friendships who understand and know what I was going through," said Alston.

Alston is just one of many people who battled breast cancer. That's why Central Wisconsin Komen hosts a benefit every year.

"This will be our fourth," explained Sandy Draeger, the Central Wisconsin Komen board president. "Back by popular demand. People really enjoy it."

This year's benefit featured drinks, a four-course meal, a cooking demonstration, raffles and a silent auction.

One of the night's guest speakers was Alston's 11-year-old son, Robby.

Some words he scribbled down in class turned into a speech that helped people understand how it feels when a loved-one is diagnosed with cancer.

Robby Alston says his speech helped him put words to "all of these feelings that came with my mom having breast cancer that I had never been able to express."

"The best way to get through difficult times is by keeping a positive attitude," Robby said.

Organizers say seventy-five percent of the funds raised will go to support local breast cancer patients. The other twenty-five percent will go to national breast cancer research.

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