Ogden paintball women take the fight to breast cancer awareness

Nov 2 2013 - 10:49pm

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Amy Bringhurst waits for her match to begin Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
Ashely Darling takes aim, while facing off against Amy Bringhurst Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Monstah Paintball. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
Amy Bringhurst waits for her match to begin Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
Ashely Darling takes aim, while facing off against Amy Bringhurst Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Monstah Paintball. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- A group of local women hoped to propel more than paint from their paintball guns Saturday afternoon. They wanted their competition to help make a splat in the fight against breast cancer as well.

The Miss Monstah Halloween Tournament, held at Monstah Paintball in Ogden, was a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Cause for the Cure Foundation, a group dedicated to funding research for breast cancer. 

While those who participated wanted to go out and have fun, they also did it for those they love.

"My grandma and great grandma passed away from breast cancer," said Amy Bringhurst, who owns the company with her husband, Bernie. "My mother was diagnosed about 20 months ago, so it's in our family. We thought we could get some women involved to play and unite together and bring about more awareness to breast cancer."

Mistie Koller also had a grandmother who died from breast cancer. Her sister-in-law just finished her last round of treatment. 

"I'm here to play for my family members. It's an ugly disease," she said. "Paintball is also a lot of fun. It can get pretty intense, but once you get hit by the first ball, it kind of calms your nerves."

Bernie Bringhurst said paintball is very competitive, but anyone can learn to play. 

"It's the fastest growing extreme sport in America," he said. "It actually started with some gentlemen who worked for the Forest Service and were out marking trees in New Hampshire. They started shooting at each other for fun."

Monstah Paintball opened for business earlier this year. He said a lot of men are interested in the sport but not too many women.

"We would love it if more women would become interested in the sport," he said. "That's one reason we decided to have this benefit. We would like to promote women's health issues while giving them the opportunity to come out and have some fun. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great reminder for women to go and be screened for the disease."

Sabra Ekins said she knows several women who have battled breast cancer.

"As a dental hygienist I have a lot of patients who have dealt with it," she said. "I love the Susan G. Komen Cause for a Cure. I donate to them every year and I also buy their products to help support their cause."

Amy Bringhurst said it doesn't take long to be screened for breast cancer and every woman should think about it.

"It only takes 30 minutes. That's less time than it takes to get your hair and nails done," she said. "Everyone knows someone who either has breast cancer or has battled it and won or battled it and lost. We wanted to have an event that all women could relate to."

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