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Prosser Teacher and FFA Adviser To Carry American Flag at Rodeo For "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" Night

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Prosser Teacher and FFA Adviser To Carry American Flag at Rodeo For "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" Night Prosser Teacher and FFA Adviser To Carry American Flag at Rodeo For "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" Night
KENNEWICK, WA - Things were looking a lot more pink at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Thursday.

That is because the motto was "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" to support breast cancer awareness.

It was a special night for Prosser teacher Denine Trump     

Trump has been going to the rodeo since she can remember but Thursday night was different.

"Tonight I'm going to be carrying the American flag," explained Trump.

Doctors diagnosed Denine with breast cancer last March.

"It means a lot to me to able to do this and to spread awareness and to be able to have my friends and family enjoy this special night at the rodeo," Trump said.

She is a teacher and FFA adviser at Prosser High School, she said after her diagnosis last year, her students have been a great support and have joined her "Let's Trump Cancer" battle.

"So it was important to me and my students that I stayed strong and stayed at work just to be able show them that this is something that we're going to get through and overcome," Trump said.

Trump travels to Seattle every week for chemotherapy and will have surgery in September.

In the last seven years of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign, the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo has donated $130,000 to area hospitals to help treat and prevent breast cancer.

Washington Trust Bank has been sponsoring the campaign for the last several years.

"It means a lot because everybody that you give the beads to as they walk in the fair, you hear stories, people tell you I'm a cancer survivor or they say, I support the cause and that's really exciting too," Kathy Ruggles said, Washington Trust Bank. 

"It's special for me to be able to help raise awareness for breast cancer and let everybody know that it happens to anybody, at anytime at any age," concluded Trump.

The rodeo Thursday featured cowboys also in pink and Washington Trust Bank held a scavenger hunt where people could find clues on social media to envelopes hidden around the fair. The prizes included a coach bag or wallet, an iPhone or iPad.
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