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Colorado Springs man honors wife’s legacy, pays for 5,000 mammograms

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - A Colorado Springs man who lost his wife to breast cancer is continuing to honor her memory by helping others.

Becky Baker passed away from breast cancer in 2017 but fought and survived much longer than doctors ever thought she would. Before she died, she and her husband came up with a plan to use her $1 million life insurance payout to fund 5,000 free mammograms for women across the country who couldn't afford them.

Rick Baker is traveling the country in a Nissan GT-R supercar telling his wife's story and emphasizing the importance of prevention.

“So many women, 60%, have never had a mammogram.  So we're trying to change that.  And the purpose for the tour, Race 4 Prevention, the publicity from the car, allows me to hand them a brochure and a pen and say please get a mammogram.  Most of the time they have insurance and can pay for it, but sometimes they don't.” said Rick Baker.

To date, the Becky Baker Foundation has paid for about 2,000 mammograms, and Rick hopes to keep the momentum going.

You can find more information on beckybaker.org.

Absolutely Colorado / Colorado Springs / Health / News Videos

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