Lenexa survivor is face of national campaign to raise money for breast cancer research

LENEXA, Kan. - A Lenexa cancer survivor is the national ambassador for Lee National Denim Day.

Since 1996, this campaign has raised more than $89 million for breast cancer research. The beneficiary this year is the American Cancer Society.

Amy Slater was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 30, 2013. It came as a shock to her as there's no family history and she was a healthy triathlete.

"If it can happen to me, I think it can happen to anyone," said Slater.

She has undergone chemotherapy, eight rounds every two weeks. She had a bi-lateral mastectomy and is now receiving radiation treatment, 33 cycles, five days a week.

She said being asked to serve as the ambassador for Denim Days was a huge surprise and an honor to spread the word about breast cancer and how important it is for women to take care of themselves.

"I think it means promoting awareness, people getting mammograms, monitoring the health, listening to their bodies and just taking care of themselves," said Slater.

Slater encourages everyone to donate just $5 to the cause, to support the American Cancer Society. Your money is going to fund grants for six different breast cancer research projects happening right now.

Slater says the fact that the campaign has raised more than $89 dollars in 18 years is significant.

"I think that's an amazing testimony that a $5 donation can go such a long way to helping people," she said.

To learn more, make a donation and see where your money is going, visit www.denimday.com.

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