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Derby event, gas station help fund life saving mobile unit

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The money raised from the event, along with additional funds from Thornton's, funds the Norton Cancer Institute's mobile unit. The money raised from the event, along with additional funds from Thornton's, funds the Norton Cancer Institute's mobile unit.
Angela Tafel Angela Tafel
RN Stacy Cohen RN Stacy Cohen
Nancy Wright Nancy Wright
Since the unit first went out in 2007, more than 100 people who have been screened on board have been diagnosed with some type of cancer. Since the unit first went out in 2007, more than 100 people who have been screened on board have been diagnosed with some type of cancer.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Derby Season is always a busy time filled with parties. One of those parties is now in its 8th year and it's done a lot of good things for people in Kentuckiana.

Angela Tafel is one of the Derby Divas. She's the women behind the annual event at Rodes clothing store in Louisville.

The 300 women filling the store on April 17 will be raising money for breast cancer screenings. She found out how important that was 9 years ago.

"I'd never had a mammogram. I wasn't doing monthly self exams. I was 38 years old. Just had baby 10 months ago," Tafel said.

But she found a lump in her breast. A doctor told her husband what he found.

"Remember it like yesterday. With tears in his eyes he just looked at me and said you have breast cancer."

That's why the Derby Divas event is so important to her. The money raised from the event, along with additional funds from Thornton's, funds the Norton Cancer Institute's mobile unit. The unit provides a place where women can get a clinical breast exam, pap smear and even a mammogram.

This day is was at the Jefferson Mall. Since the unit first went out in 2007, more than 100 people who have been screened on board have been diagnosed with some type of cancer.

"A lot who we see have never had a mammogram before," RN Stacy Cohen said.

Nancy Wright, 59, has had a mammogram on the mobile unit in the past. Wright doesn't have health insurance. She said thanks to this mobile unit there is no excuse not to get a mammogram. The unit is convenient and free.

Wright said, "I don't care who you are. You need to be screened so if something's going on you can catch it ahead of time."

Something Tafel, who is now cancer free, knows all too well.

"It's frightening. But if you catch it early and use the great health systems we have in place, just a bad bump in the road," she said.

The Derby Divas will be held Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Rodes for Him and Her, located at 4938 Brownsboro Road. Tickets for the event are $55 and still available at the door.

For additional information about the event, click here.

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