Local music video raises breast cancer awareness

The national contest brings more than 200,000 people together to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention and raise money to fight the disease. (WDTN Photo)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Dayton International Airport looked a little pink Wednesday morning.

Community members gathered to film a music video to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Kettering Health Network is entering the 2015 Medline Pink Glove Competition. The national contest brings more than 200,000 people together to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention and raise money to fight the disease.

Each group creates a 90-second music video and must raise at least $2,000 for a charity.

“We are raising money for the Pink Ribbon Girls,” said Katlyn Stechschulte, Kettering Health Network communications specialist. “They are a Dayton-area organization that provides support for breast cancer patients.”

According to the Ohio Department of Health, more Ohio women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year than any other cancer.

Carol Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, participated in the music video shoot today.

“I’m very weak, but I’m doing OK,” Johnson said. “I had cancer 17 years ago and went through radiation, and now, I’m doing chemo and seem to be doing OK.”

For survivors, like Diana Howle, the music video is personal.

“Even when treatment is over, it’s never over, and that’s what I think a lot of people need to realize is that it’s an ongoing battle because you always have that fear of it coming back,” Howle said.

The music video is a chance to educate everyone about the disease that affects more than 8,000 people and their families in Ohio every year.

“It doesn’t discriminate. Doesn’t matter what race, how old. It’s getting younger and younger.”

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