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Albany/HV: Store opens and serves breast cancer community
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Breast cancer patients and survivors no longer have to trek into New York City to get specialty items during their treatment and chemotherapy. As our Elaina Athans found out, a new store has opened locally to help this underserved community.

WALDEN, N.Y. -- Marie Burger-Zaccagnino retired a few years ago, but now she's the proud owner of "Tickled Pink." It's a new boutique for breast cancer survivors and the crowds were coming before she even opened.

"They were actually stepping over saws and hammers to get to the fitting room and I knew at that point how much this service was needed," said Burger-Zaccagnino.

The shop has all sorts of items to help people through the battle. A battle, Burger-Zaccagnino, herself has overcome. There's post-mastectomy wear, wigs and natural products that won't cause skin irritation during chemotherapy.

Customer Jason Trafton said, "It's nice to have something local. A lot of people that we're talk to, it's tough to go down to the City to get something."

Shortly after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, Burger-Zaccagnino decided she would open up a shop to help other breast cancer survivors like herself. The problem though, she couldn't get a small business loan to open up the store. But she was so determined to help others, she actually went ahead and put everything on her credit card.

"I see people that are really, really distraught and it's very sad," said Burger-Zaccagnino. "I can't wait to get in here. I just have a connection with everybody what walks in the door."

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