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Bismarck Businesses Participate In Cancer Center Fundraiser

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There are all sorts of worthy causes that need financial support. Some diseases or conditions aren't very common, but cancer has touched almost all of us. Either someone in our family, or someone we know has had it. This week, the Bismarck Cancer Center is offering hope to those who have been diagnosed.

Almost everyone you meet has a cancer story. And that's certainly the case at Kupper Chevrolet, one of more than 130 businesses participating in Project Hope, a Cancer Center fundraiser.

"My dad has actually been affected by prostate cancer, which is what we're doing today, actually, which is kind of ironic. It was kind of interesting, my dad found out and his brothers decided to get checked out, too. Two of my uncles also had prostate cancer, so for me, it's kind of a big deal," says New Car Sales Manager Justin Rambur. 

Participating employees are encouraged to contribute $10 in exchange for being allowed to wear jeans all week, and wear pink on Monday for breast cancer, light blue on Tuesday for prostate cancer, white on Wednesday for lung cancer, dark blue on Thursday for colorectal cancer and purple on Friday for cancer survivors. And the Cancer Center provides wellness and cancer prevention materials.

"I think people are always looking for ways to be healthy, watch out for those cancer symptoms, what they can look for, how to prevent it if possible. And then, of course, like we said, you know, cancer affects everybody. They want to do what they can to help out as well," says Sara Kelsch of the Bismarck Cancer Center.

"Cancer has been in our family, like many other families, and ironically, today, is white for lung cancer, and our dad passed away from lung cancer. So, today's a special day for us," says Denice Roller of Identity Salon.

"All the employees are pretty generous when it comes to a donation for a good cause. And of course, it always helps, you know, if they can wear blue jeans, why, you know, then the 10 bucks is worth it for them," says Bob Kupper of Kupper Chevrolet.

And if the 5,000 or so employees participating each contribute $10, then you can do the math and figure out how much this effort means to the Bismarck Cancer Center.

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