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Local Artist Helps Woman Cover Cost of Breast Cancer in Unique Way

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The National Institutes of Health says doctors diagnosed more than 230,000 women and 2200 men with breast cancer last year. A Midstate artist is one of them, and she's not taking her diagnosis lying down. Instead, she's fighting the deadly disease in an unusual, but empowering way. When you see the smile on Jamie Givens' face, you don't see pain, doubt or fear. Those emotions came crashing down around her the moment doctors diagnosed Givens with inflammatory breast cancer last July. Instead of dwelling in darkness, Givens wanted to let her inner light brighten the world around her. What came next, only true artists like Givens and her friend painter Mark Palen could dream up.

Palen took prints of her right breast and created 20 unique and highly symbolic designs around them. In the end, some were menacing. One shows a ship struggling against a dangerous storm. Others were just plain inspiring. Friday night about 100 of Givens' closest friends auctioned those paintings off. They do plan to make additional prints. If you see one you like or would just like to help out this inspiring woman, CLICK HERE.

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