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Sipping spirits to help fight cancer

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Survivors and supporters in the fight against breast cancer came together in Burlington Thursday night, filling Union Station for Cocktails Curing Cancer.

The annual event is designed to raise money and awareness about the disease.

This year, the funds collected will be shared between the Vermont Cancer Center's breast cancer research programs and the American Cancer Society.

Two hundred guests were expected at the fun-filled event that includes a silent auction and photo wall.

Christie Allen of Shelburne is a 33-year-old breast cancer survivor who says she's been blessed by the community support.

"I appreciate that I live a community where people come together to support people, that it's not just a trendy thing to support people who have cancer or who have other illnesses," Allen said.

"It sounds hokey, but this really reinvigorates your belief in humankind. You get a little jaded in life. Anyone from small businesses to huge corporations in this area approached me looking to support this event because they believe in what we do," said Renee Udall of Cocktails Curing Cancer.

This year's event sold out. Organizers hoped to raise $10,000. That would bring their six-year total to close to $30,000.

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