Traci's Hope Celebrates 9th Year

By Lorne Fultonberg

October 6, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM EST

Apalachin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Friends, family, and community members gathered for the ninth straight year to pay tribute to a breast cancer victim and support those fighting the disease.

Traci Gibson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 but fought the disease until her death in 2006. She started a charity to provide services that insurance companies won't pay for.

"Traci started this and knew there was a need to help men and women who had breast cancer," said Gordon Shiner, Traci's father. "As long as breast cancer is going on, I guess we're going to help."

Twelve dollars granted access to a chicken barbeque buffet. Games, raffles, and music were also on site.

"It was a way to say thank you to the community that helped her through everything that she went through when she had breast cancer," said Brian Gibson, Traci's husband. "And now we're giving it back to the community."

The money raised by Traci's Hope stays local. Proceeds go to families in Tioga, Broome, and Susquehanna Counties.