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Pack the Mall in Pink Celebrates Cancer Survivors

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According to cancer.org 77% of all types of cancers are diagnosed in people 55 years and older.

Rimrock Mall threw a party for cancer survivors.

Pack the Mall in Pink has come a long way. Vicki-Lynn Terpstra, Rimrock Mall Marketing Manager, says the event just keeps growing.

"This time it was a little bit bigger and better than we've ever had before. Clearly, we're on a heated tent out in our parking lot, but all the years past we've had it in our center court and it's been a wonderful fashion show," said Terpstra.

The models on the runway stole the show.

"We have what we call them veterans and rookies and we have that still today, but all of them are breast cancer survivors 100% of them."

When Vicki Olson Johnson, Breast Cancer survivor, found out she had breast cancer, she was scared of the unknown.

"I was afraid would I survive? At that point in the very beginning when you have breast cancer you don't know what your course of treatment will be," said Johnson.

Cancer.org says breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, which is why when Vicki Olson Johnson found out she had a lump; she had surgery within 24 hours.

"The good news is that programs like this raise money that helps us come close together to help us find the answers," said Johnson.

On this night, Vicki celebrates 14 years of being cancer free, and so do many others on the runway.

Johnson also says being surrounded by so much love helped her survive.

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