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10/12/07

Hometown Heroes--The Flip-Floppers

Flip Floppers in training. Flip Floppers in training.

The term flip-flopper is less than complimentary, if you're talking politics. But if we're talking walking, one group of women is positively redefining flip-flopper. They are walking 60 miles to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer.

"We wanted something that showed we were from the coast and in a laid back atmosphere," said Flip-Flopper Lynn Baumgartner.

Since April, these ladies have laced up their walking shoes and pounded the pavement every day, getting for this weekend. They will walk 20 miles a day for three day, each mile bringing in more money for cancer research.

"It affects so many of us, through our efforts the money being raised will raise awareness and dedication and maybe even cure cancer," said Baumgartner.

Now we know why they're doing it. But how did they train for their mission? "Lots of walking, lots of miles," said Baumgartner. "We have gone through several pairs of shoes. Every spare moment we are walking. We haven't seen our family or done laundry, we are just walking."

Kate Odom is among the women walking for a cure. This weekend is especially important for her. She is a two-year breast cancer survivor.

"It's very close to my heart, because I know how important it is and every dollar does count," she said.

And each women counted at least $2,000--that's how much they had to raise before walking.

"Lots of letters to friends, and my family even bagged groceries at Kroger," said Odom. "And we got $2,000 from that and we had a rummage sale."

So with every mile, they hope to get one step closer to curing cancer. "You just have to get focused and do it, because it is for all of us, our mothers, sisters, and children."

That kind of dedication is what makes these Flip-Floppers WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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