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We were pioneers in talking about breast self exams.

I've even been in Washington teaching wives of U.S. senators how to do Buddy Check. And I've told everyone what I've learned from a Jacksonville woman Ginny McKuehen.

Her breast cancer grew fast.

"I went from this to this within four weeks time," McKuehen told First Coast News 18 years ago, showing an olive and an egg side by side. "I feel that if I hadn't of done the Buddy Check 12, I would probably die."

Now fast forward to 2012: Andrew Jackson High School going pink and celebrating 20 years of Buddy Check 12.

And guess who came in? Ginny McKuehen.

"In finding the lump, I had a biopsy done. Two weeks later, it went from the olive to the hard boiled egg. I did the Buddy Check 12 program and it saved my life. ... I have two beautiful grandsons now,"McKuehen said.