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Grizzly Peak Retirement Community raising money for breast cancer research

Posted: 6:54 PM, Oct 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-18 09:45:49-04

MISSOULA — It’s a perfect time for a little chili and eating it for a good cause makes it even better.

Grizzly Peak Retirement Community in Missoula is holding a chili competition this Friday.

Residents and their families can enter their favorite recipe for judging -- and eating. In fact, anyone can enter.
And you can imagine they’ll be some good old-fashion family recipes in the mix!

This is the first year this competition is raising money, and they’re doing it for the Ava Nicole Breast Health fund that helps cancer patients in the region pay for a variety of costs related to treatment. It’s an important issue to the residents at Grizzly Peak.

“We have at least six or seven of our residents who are breast cancer survivors,” Said Debra Michalik of Grizzly Peak Retirement Community.

“One of our most recent ones who was just diagnosed she asked me ‘am I a survivor?’ And I said, “you know, let's call ourselves the Pink Warriors because we don’t know where we are in the fight but we’re definitely in a battle!’”

Michelle Weaver Knowles will also be there to talk about breast cancer screening and the use of genetic testing in cancer prevention and how that also applies to men.

The event starts at 4 p.m. For more information, or to participate, call (406) 721-2292.