Shoot for a Cure: Targeting Breast Cancer Research

NAMPA - Hundreds of people will be at the Nampa Rod and Gun Club Saturday, May 4th for Shoot for a Cure.

The day-long event features action sport-shooting for beginners to experts.

The goal is to teach safe-shooting skills and raise money for breast cancer research and services in the Treasure Valley.

KBOI-TV recently traveled to the Nampa Rod and Gun Club to meet with breast cancer survivor Rhonda Gibson about her amazing story of survival and her hobby for sport-shooting.

15 years ago, she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.

Doctors estimated the cancer at Stage III or IV.

"They don't really know for sure because it was mis-diagnosed and I had to have radiation before they could remove the tumor," she said.

But Rhonda beat the odds, beat the cancer, and now her scope is set on living life to the fullest and showing other women they can, too.

"You know, everyday is a blessing for me, that I can come and play the games I want to play and just enjoy life," she said.

Rhonda participates in the Shoot for a Cure event every year.

So far, the event has raised $36,000 in the last five years.

Safety expert Scott Garrigus says women shouldn't be intimidated to try the sport.

"A lot of it is reactive," he said. "You get an instant feedback, so you get to shoot and you get to see exactly what happens when you shoot."

Shoot for a Cure organizer Tina Fisher says there's a bigger message for women that goes beyond the range.

"Women need to be pro-active for their self-defense," she said.

Rhonda agrees, and being a breast cancer survivor, she says women definitely get the feeling of empowerment by target shooting and encourages women to live life to the fullest.

"I've gone scuba diving, and jumped out of airplanes," she said. "It's like, I can do this! There's no limit! If you want to do it, go for it!"

The Shoot for a Cure is Saturday, May 4th from 9 am to 4 pm.

Registration for shooting is now full, but you can still come out and support the event starting at 1 pm.

Raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of prizes.

Proceeds go to MSTI/St. Luke's Breast Care Services.

The Nampa Rod and Gun Club is located on 7990 Bennett Road in Nampa.