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Spectacular survivor

July 30, 2014

By Jessica Lane, The Express-Star, Chickasha, Okla.

July 30--This Saturday, the community is invited to take a sledgehammer to breast cancer to benefit local resident and breast cancer survivor, Crystal Shafer.

A "beat breast cancer" car, donated by Johnson's Wreckers, will be on site for the smashing pleasure of attendees, but there is more to this benefit concert/fundraiser that will make the evening a hit.

The event will take place Saturday evening at the Chickasha Elk's Lodge, beginning around 6 p.m. with food being served and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses. At 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy live music by Camille Harp as well as Ryan Dorman, who will be accompanied by Scott Hunt.

Mario Villar, who is helping coordinate the event, said that Shafer, 28, is a "hard working, energetic, kind hearted young lady." She moved to Chickasha from Orange County, California seven years ago.

Shafer has always been in the restaurant and bar business, Villar said. She worked her way up the ropes at Eduardo's for six years before moving on to work for Traditions Spirits as a bartender for Salt Creek Casino.

On May 22, Shafer's life changed when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Two years ago, Shafer lost her mother to cancer. Shafer witnessed the harsh, whole-body effects of chemotherapy on her mother and watched the cancer return.

For this reason, Shafer has decided on taking a sometimes unaccepted natural approach to attacking the cancer head on, Villar said. Her treatments include high dose vitamin C and hydrogen peroxide IVs as well as a complete lifestyle change in regards to what Shafer consumes or will subject herself to, Vilar said.

After a double mastectomy in June and removal of several lymph nodes by Dr. Talbert at OU Medical she has been under the care of Dr. Cook at the Oklahoma Health and Wellness center in Weatherford, Oklahoma. She will soon be taken care of by Dr Ludwell along with an arsenal of vitamins and nutrients to give her body a chance to fight off this disease, Villar said.

All ages are welcome to the even on Aug. 2. A $10 entry donation will go directly to fund Crystal's journey to recovery.


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