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Furloughed worker using time off to fight breast cancer

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Monday will be the seventh day the federal government has been closed, and there is still no sign of a deal in Washington. The effects of the shutdown are being felt across the country, including right here in the Midstate.

One Dauphin County woman is using her furlough time at home to help out in the fight against breast cancer.

Sharon Fager of Middletown is a legal assistant at a local Social Security office. But since the government shutdown, she has been forced to stay home.

Fager is an avid runner who likes to be on the move. So she decided to combine her extra time off and her passion for running to do something good.

While she is furloughed, Fager will donate one dollar for every mile she runs. That money will go to Penn State Hershey Medical Center to help make strides in breast cancer research.

Fager said she chose the cause because her aunt died from breast cancer at age 40.

"I was young at the time and my mom was very close to her and spent weeks helping take care of her and it had a big impact on me," Fager said.

Many of Fager's friends and family are also pitching in for every mile she runs. As of Sunday, she had run 36 miles.

Fager hoped to inspire other furloughed workers to do something valuable with their extra time off.

Anyone who would like to join Fager in donating to breast cancer research can send a check to:

Office of University Development

P.O. Box 852

Hershey, PA 17033

Checks should be made to Penn State. Write "Breast Cancer Research" in the memo.

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