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Santa Maria breast cancer survivor shares story ahead of 2017 Day of Hope

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The biggest cancer research fundraiser of the year in Santa Maria is less than a week away. 

Ahead of the 2017 Day of Hope, one Santa Maria woman is sharing her breast cancer survival story. 

Getting an mammogram has always been a yearly routine for Jeri Vogt. 

"It's a piece of cake, no worries," Vogt told KSBY. "Then when I was 52, it wasn't so good. My doctor said that I had breast cancer."

It was unlucky news on St. Patrick's Day in 2008. 

Usually, getting a mammogram was actually fun for Vogt. 

"My mom and my sister and I all go together. We make it a day, a lunch date and a mammogram date I guess you could call it," she said. 

However, in 2008, Vogt's mother had to schedule a later appointment. 

"My mom, six months later when she caught up with her appointment was diagnosed with breast cancer also and she was 72," Vogt said. 

In the six months prior to her mom's diagnosis, Vogt was already beating her cancer with radiation. 

"We went through it together and now we're nine years out," she said. 

Vogt and her mom are proud breast cancer survivors, who say it's all thanks to regular mammogram screenings. 

"Neither one of us had to have chemo because we found it so early on the mammogram," she said. 

The team at Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria say Vogt and her mom are examples of the life-saving impact of mammograms. 

"It's important to get a mammogram once a year because there's things that we find that are the size of head of a pin that you would never feel and that we can see on a diagnostic mammogram or a screening mammogram," said Kathie Schroeder, Supervisor of Marian Breast Imaging within Mission Hope Cancer Center. 

Doctors and nurses say new 3-D imaging technology at Mission Hope is catching cancers earlier than ever before and fundraising efforts like Day of Hope help them save lives. 

"That's part of how we get our new imaging technology and the extra things that we are able to give the patients, the feel good wigs, the makeup," Schroeder said. 

On Tuesday, April 11, volunteers will line the streets of Santa Maria selling $1 special edition newspapers to benefit the Mission Hope Cancer Center. 

Meanwhile, Vogt says sharing her story and volunteering at Mission Hope is her way of saying "thank you." 

"Everything that Mission Hope gave me, I want to give back," Vogt said. 

Doctors say women should get their first mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. Women age 40 and over should get a mammogram every year. 

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