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Buddy Check 3 October

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
PENSACOLA - Pink taxi cabs are hitting the streets in 82 cities across the country today... including right here in Pensacola.

For the month of October, one dollar from each pink cab ride will be donated to Breast Cancer research.

Okay -- so it's actually a pink Chevy Impala -- but that's more than enough for Debbie Ard...
((Debbie Ard; "I feel like it's a limo, just for what it represents."))

Ard's a cabbie for Yellow Cab of Pensacola...Last month managers asked her to consider driving a pink car in October.

((Debbie Ard; "I totally agreed, to represent a friend."))
Her best friend, Bonnie Jacobs.

Jacobs is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor.
((Debbie Ard; "Bonnie's the strongest person I've ever seen."))

They've been friends since they were fifteen...Ard says Jacobs' no nonsense attack on cancer went like this...
((Bonnie Jacobs/Breast Cancer Survivor; "You got to take care of it, got to go out there, get the medicine that you need, even though it makes you feel like crap. Just keep struggling to survive and you will be a survivor."))

A lot of life happens during a 35 year friendship -- kids, divorce, widowhood -- faced together with...
((Debbie Ard; "Lots and lots of prayer."))

Jacobs breast cancer battle was a wake up call for Ard -- to actually do her own monthly exams and get regular mammograms.

((Debbie Ard; "It has changed me so much because I was one of the ones that slacked on that."))

Ard's favorite part of a job she already loves is driving her many regular customers to their doctors' appointments; often those include chemo and radiation treatments.

They're all looking forward to riding in her new pink wheels...A privilege Ard wishes would go on for more than the month.

((Debbie Ard; "It is an honor. It is an honor, just for my best friend."))
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