Jungle Jim's paints the jungle pink to help fight breast cancer

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Jungle Jim's is teaming up with Vera Bradley to paint the jungle pink to help fight breast cancer.

It took two years to put the benefit together, which organizers hope will make a difference for people battling the disease.

"I was 37 when I was diagnosed with cancer myself. The only tricky part is that I had just discovered I was pregnant as well and so I went to an oncologist and they did not know how to treat me and so they advised me that I terminate my pregnancy," said Heidi Floyd.

Floyd didn't follow doctor's order and found an Indianapolis physician who treated her through her illness and she delivered a healthy baby boy.

"The baby and I went through this entire pregnancy getting chemo and it was scary and very difficult.  It wasn't a piece of cake, I don't want to imply to anyone that it's a walk in the park," said Floyd.

Her success story is what organizers of Paint the Jungle Pink are hoping will reach other cancer patients in the Tri-State. They're also raising money for research with a fashion show and raffles with the support of the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Foundation.

"You can't do it alone, you have to have hope, you have to have something to cling to," said Floyd.

Jungle Jim's hopes this is the first of many successful events to raise awareness and money in the fight against breast cancer.

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