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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- KIA dealerships in Orange Park and on the Southside are announcing a special way to support Buddy Check 12.

This well-known program inspires women to catch breast cancer early and remind their buddies to check.

Kurt Obermeyer, who heads up KIA of Orange Park, says the more he learns about early detection the more he's sees why Buddy Check is so important.

The dealerships are giving $50 for every car sold on every Buddy Check Day, the 12th of every month.

The money goes to the non-profit Buddy Check 12.

So far the KIA dealerships have raised $2,000, an amount presented in a large check to FCN anchor Jeannie Blaylock, television founder of Buddy Check. Obermeyer says KIA will continue the fundraising project.

Employees at the KIA dealerships wear pink on the 12th to show their support. Customers can pick up free Buddy Check 12 kits and window stickers saying "Who's Your Buddy?" at KIA dealerships.

One highlight of KIA's project is the strong support from the male KIA employees. Even the guys are wearing pink and talking about people in their families who are battling cancer.

If you can't make it to a dealership, you can still order a free Buddy Check 12 kit. Just call Baptist at 904-202-CARE.

If Buddy Check has helped you in any way, please contact Jeannie. Her email is: jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com

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