AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Breast Cancer can break you physically, but as we have seen so many time doing these Buddy to Buddy segments over the years, it does not have to break your spirit. In fact sometimes, it can make you stronger. One woman found inspiration from her friend with breast cancer and the legacy she left behind.
"Ann's up there telling me I have go to do this. I have to show them, in pink, that woman have the power," said Donna Harris.
Donna is holding a unique fundraiser for the foundation created by Ann Murray Paige. Ann was an anchor and reporter at NEWS CENTER. She passed away this year after a valiant battle with an aggressive breast cancer that had moved to other parts of her body. In the years before her death, Ann founded Project Pink, a foundation dedicated to helping to meet the needs of men and women with breast cancer and their families. She used her amazing talents as a writer and speaker to further her cause.
Ann and Donna were dear friends. Donna is Sosai at her Phoenix Academy dojo in Auburn. She is a third degree black belt, who over the year has broken hundreds of board with hands. Now, in Ann's memory, and to raise money for Project Pink, Donna is going for the Guinness Book of World Records for the most pine boards broken by hand in a minute by a female. Just 100 boards will get her in the history books. Last year Donna broke 294 boards in a minute. So instead of just 100, she is aiming for the men's record of 360 boards. These boards are being specially milled and donated by Hancock Lumber to meet all Guinness qualifications. They will be slightly thicker and wider than the boards Donna broke before to meet qualifications.
"The first strike is usually the worst. That's when the stinging really sets in, but then the adrenaline kicks in and I don't really feel the pain until I am done," said Donna.
The event called "Breaking for Breast Cancer Awareness" will be held at the YWCA in Lewiston on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. There will be live music, karate demonstrations and raffles as well at the World Record attempt, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. All proceeds go to Project Pink.
Donations can be made through Fundrazr.com or checks can be mailed to:
56 Pride Road