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Scrapbook Company Holds Event for Woman’s Health

Dec 07, 2015 10:52AM ● By Aimee L Cook

By Aimee L. Cook

South Valley - Ladies love to scrapbook. Hours can spent shopping for the goods, and then several more hours are dedicated to putting the works of art together to highlight significant life events. A diagnosis of breast cancer is one of those life-changing moments. The folks from the international scrapbook supply company, Stampin’ Up! and the Riverton Hospital, recently partnered for an event called “Stamp Out Breast Cancer” to bring awareness to the disease and to encourage woman to get their mammograms. 

“A mammogram performed at the hospital should be every woman’s goal for early detection,” John L. Clayton, MD said in a press release. “Annual screenings after the age of 40 saves women’s lives.”

Sadly, breast cancer knows no age. Analey Miltenberger was just 28-years-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer after detecting a lump in her breast, and she was 18 weeks pregnant with her first child. 

“I remember thinking, ‘I am too young for this’,” Miltenberger said in a press release. 

Mary Nickles, news anchor for KUTV 2, discovered she had breast cancer while covering a story for the news channel. She was invited to speak at the event and share her story of survival with the attendees. 

“I was thrilled to be invited to the health night at Stampin’ Up!” Nickles said. “While they asked me to share my story of catching my breast cancer with a TV story mammogram, I really like to urge Utahns to get all recommended screenings. A lot of us spend so much time taking care of our families and everyone around us, that we neglect the necessary checkups for ourselves. If caught early, most illnesses and diseases can be treated or even cured. If left undiagnosed, they can be debilitating, or deadly.”

In the United States, one in eight woman will be develop breast cancer -- a startling statistic. The numbers of survivors is increasing largely in part to early detection and mammograms.  

“My cancer was a rare and aggressive tumor, but we caught it early, treated it aggressively, and I was told a year ago, that the treatment worked,” Nickles said. “I talked about the harshness of the treatment while acknowledging that positivity, support, and humor helped me get through it all.”

In addition to an informative evening, Stampin’ Up! was able to donate $36,387 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation due to money raised through the sales of a monthly craft subscription kit that ran from Sept. 15 through Oct. 10.