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Apartment Building Uses Pink Lights to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- For every pink light glowing outside of Shadowwood Apartments, there's a memory of a life gone too soon.
"I believe this glow is seen from heaven," said Donna Hoffman, the buildings property manager.
Hoffman says the light outside her office glows for her niece Denean who died four years ago from breast cancer. She was only 28 years old.
"She just had such a positive outlook, Hoffman said. She just never thought that this was going to take her."
So she put up pink light bulbs, both inside and around the six buildings within the complex, honoring Denean and the millions of others who've lost the battle or are still in the fight against breast cancer.
"This helps to give them support to know that others are behind them," Hoffman said.
Others like Cindy Johnson who lives on the second floor.
She says the pink glow was a wakeup call.
"When I saw it, I thought it's time to take care of myself," said the 52-year-old woman.
And she did, scheduling a mammogram for the end of October.
It's something that I've been putting off for a couple years now," Johnson said.
A move Donna says is the best way to honor those who've passed on.
If it inspires one person to get a mammogram, we've done our job," Hoffman said.
A job she hopes would make her niece proud.
"I think she sees it, Hoffman said. She knows."

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