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Zumba vs. cancer: Benefit helps Kingman family

Nicole “Nikki” Lane is facing advanced breast cancer. Here, the Kingman mom sits for a photograph with husband Jason, stepson Forrest and baby daughter Brooke.

KINGMAN - Nikki Lane is fighting for her life. The 33-year-old learned she has breast cancer last November, just five months after giving birth to her daughter, Brooke.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kingman Academy of Learning gymnasium, Zumba instructors Lory Bowers and Joycelyn Chan of Lory Marie Studio 3 will host a fundraiser to help the Lane family.

"All the money goes straight to the family," said Bowers.

Lane, an ultrasound tech at Kingman Regional Medical Center, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma that has spread to her auxiliary lymph nodes, according to Bowers.

She is currently undergoing multiple aggressive chemotherapy regimens that will be followed by a double bilateral mastectomy and radiation treatment.

KRMC, said Bowers, is "fully involved" in the fundraiser.

"They all know her," said Bowers. "So this is a personal thing for them."

Fourteen Zumba fitness instructors from Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Phoenix will participate, said Bowers.

Zumba is a Latin-based dance fitness program. A $15 cover charge at the door will allow you to dance - or watch, if you prefer - and raffle tickets will also be sold for a dollar apiece or six for $5.

Raffle prizes, said Bowers, include massages, haircuts, spa pedicures, home, beauty and cooking gift baskets and designer sunglasses, she said.

Bowers said the Lanes are inspirational.

"Nikki's going to make a brief appearance," said Bowers. "She won't be able to stay long because of the chemotherapy. She won't be feeling well, but she wanted to be there."

The wearing of pink is encouraged. Pink is the official international color for breast cancer awareness.

For more information, contact Bowers at (928) 279-7055.


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