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Firefighters, survivors turn Tyler pink

Survivor Schwanda Moaning and daughter Arianna Survivor Schwanda Moaning and daughter Arianna

If you were in downtown Tyler on Tuesday, you might have noticed things looked a little pink.

Tyler firefighters put on the fourth annual "Turn Tyler Pink event" Tuesday to raise awareness for all types of cancers that affect women.

Schwanda Moaning, 39, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer last November. She's currently healthy after going through surgery, cancer and radiation treatments, and tonight she brought her four-year old daughter Arianna to celebrate.

"She knows like, when I do chemo and stuff, she'll say 'Mommy no more chemo. Mommy no more radiation. I don't want you to be sick,'" said Moaning.

Moaning was just one of many cancer survivors who came out tonight to "Turn Tyler Pink."

"Tomorrow's not promised, so I try to live to the fullest," Moaning said. "I try to take it in stride. I'm still me, I'm 39 right now so I still have a lot of energy, so I try to just be me and come out and enjoy myself. Cause I normally don't get to do that."

People came out to donate blood, have health exams, and learn more about how to protect their health.

Tyler firefighters also had a large banner for survivors and for families affected by cancer to sign. The firefighters say they're going to place that banner in one of the Tyler fire stations and have a new one signed each year to remember and honor those women who have fought or who are fighting cancer.

"Primarily this is an awareness event, to be sure everyone gets their exams," said Captain Steve Countryman with Tyler Fire Station No. 5. "We've all got mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and we just really want to show them that we love them."

Thirteen-year survivor Opal McMillan of Tyler said she felt that love.

"Oh God, I wouldn't take nothing for the journey. It's beautiful. But I didn't know how I was going to tell my family. But see, the Lord healed me, and I'm blessed to be here today," said McMillan.

And as Moaning enjoyed the evening with her daughter, she had just one message for women of all ages.

"Go get checked. Don't let any little knot, or any little lump, don't ignore anything. When you see anything, get it checked," she said.

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