KEWANEE-- Lynette Lempke was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer in June 2009. That August, she began meeting with her family and friends on a monthly basis for cocktails and updates on her progress.
"That's what gotten me through a lot of things, is the support. My friends and people who are there for me to keep my mind off things and showing their support," said Lempke.
Cocktails for a Cure was born through those monthly gatherings.
"We're in it to make sure that Lynette is not alone. So that if any of us had to go through we would know that we have each other," says LaNita Brown, Lempke's Sister.
Cocktails for a Cure is also a large fund raising machine for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. This year, the group has raised nearly $11, 000 dollars for the Race for the Cure.
"My family, I am the 1st in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but my husband's family is filled with them. So we keep doing this for my children. At the Komen agency, the money donated goes to research and things. So we do it for the hope that my children won't have to go through what I've gone through," said Lempke.
The group raises their funds by using a fun attitude. The first fundraiser: The Pig Bra. The bra is used for collections during all gatherings. The second is the annual Bowling for Boobies event.
LaNita Brown is the creative genius behind the fundraisers.
"Attitude is a big part of the cure. It is a big part of the fight. And I think that with all of us behind Lynette and other breast cancer fighters as well, it is important. It is what they need. They need the love and support at all times and if you can make fun of it and still fight it...then I think you're gonna win it," said Brown.
Cocktails for a Cure is still taking donations. You can donate to their team at the Komen Memorial website.