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Halt Cancer Hits New High

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After its successful trial run last year, the Event at Rebecca Farm is once again giving to Halt Cancer at X, raking in $10,000 more than last year.

Sarah Broussard, the founder of Halt Cancer at X, handed over two oversized checks at Flathead Valley Community College. Of the $71,000 she worked to raise this year, some of that money is going to Flathead programs.

"I was amazed, honored, awed you know at how well it went last year," said Sarah Broussard.

Sarah Broussard's mother, Rebecca Broussard, worked to establish the iconic Event at Rebecca Farm until she died of breast cancer. Sarah Broussard could not take this lying down, so last year she started Halt Cancer at X, named after a movement in the dressage test, raising about $60,000 for breast cancer research through parking donations and pledges from competitors.

"The eventing community is a very small community and we support each other immensely, and so I knew that those competitors that came here would help me honor my mother," said Sarah Broussard.

This year, her campaign raised $71,000. While the bulk of that is going towards research at the University of Utah, $15,000 is going to Kalispell Regional Medical Center's Winkley Coach mobile clinic, providing screening mammography covered by the Affordable Care Act. The hope is to bring this service out into the Valley two times per month.

"It's worth so much if we can find you know just the one cancer," said Jana Rupp, KRMC director of imaging services.

KRMC's holistic, 4-hour workshop for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer is also receiving $6,000.

"[It's] about allowing the patient to tap into their inner resources so that they can function at their optimal level while going through a cancer treatment," explained Susan Socha, the clinical coordinator of Northwest Oncology.

Although still a fledgling initiative, Sarah Broussard smiles when looking ahead at the future of Halt Cancer at X.

"I see Halt Cancer at X continuing as long as either the Event at Rebecca Farm continues to run or we find a cure for breast cancer, whichever comes first," said Sarah Broussard.

The first Mind, Body, and Spirit workshop is set for December 7 starting at 11:00 a.m. at KRMC.

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