Jan 12, 2011 12:01 AM by Ariel Wesler
A Central Coast woman is using her prize power to raise awareness about lung cancer. Experts say it's the number one cancer killer for both men and women.
Christy Bell works at Vandenberg Air Force Base. She is currently Mrs. Central Coast 2010 and is taking her fight to the next level. Christy says for her competing is all about gaining confidence and meeting new people, but it's also about spreading a message.
She has been married to staff sergeant john bell for eight years. After becoming mrs. central coast last august, Christy entered the Mrs. California united states pageant. Her platform is lung cancer awareness. She says it's an issue that hits close to home and affects more than just smokers.
"Both of my grandmothers passed away from lung cancer and now my mother has lung cancer. She's been battling lung cancer for five years now, so I really want to kinda get the word out," Bell said.
The 2011 Mrs. California United States Pageant will be held in April at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Southern California. It will be Christy's fifth pageant.
Christy is involved with many lung cancer organizations. In March, she plans to participate in the Free to Breath Yogathon put on by the National Lung Cancer Partnership in Los Angeles.
Research shows lung cancer kills more people each year than any other kind of cancer.
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