Wrapsody in downtown Auburn hosted its annual Hope Floats campaign event Oct. 19 in an effort to honor all community members who have been affected by breast cancer.

The Hope Floats campaign allows participants to purchase a ribbon in honor of a family member or friend along with a balloon. In previous years, balloons were released during the event, but were not released this year due to environmental concerns.

Instead, Wrapsody owner Sarah Brown read a long list of names of the breast cancer victims who had ribbons dedicated in their honor. The ribbons currently hang in the window display of the store.

Auburn resident and breast cancer survivor, Leslie Carter, also spoke, telling her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer and overcoming it.

Carter was diagnosed two years ago and is currently showing no signs of cancer.

"It's tough and all, but what I've been through, if I can touch one other person or show them to be alert of their own body; if you're nervous about anything, go to the doctor," Carter told The Villager recently. "Get it checked out. You need to be aware of what's going on. You don't ever think it's going to happen to you."

All proceeds of the Hope Floats campaign goes to the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation Breast Fund, which helps women in the area get free mammograms and other testing and information.

Colleen Alsobrook, RN and breast health navigator for EAMC, conducts these free mammograms year round, but is dedicating her entire Thursday to seeing at least 45 women for this reason. To make an appointment with her for Thursday or any other day, call 528-4370.

This year's Hope Floats campaign raised about $3,000 for the foundation — the campaign's biggest donation yet, according to Wrapsody manager Renae Hammy.

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