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Cancer patients surprised with flamingos

Monday, March 28, 2005

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A sea of plastic pink flamingos covered the front yard of the Braden's home in Stan Mar Estates on March 14 and 15.



"Oh my, I've been flocked!"

It was the only thing that Diane Braden could say when she arrived home March 14 from a meeting with a friend. Without her family inside the house knowing, 60 pink plastic flamingos had magically appeared in the front yard of her home in Stan Mar Estates while she was away, and Diane knew who the culprits were.

"You did this," Diane immediately accused her close friend Debbie Brown.

It was difficult at first to keep a straight face, but finally Brown admitted her part in the stunt.

"A bunch of Diane's friends got together and organized the flocking as part of a birthday celebration for her," said Brown, who still won't admit whose idea it was. "We just wanted to let her know how much she means to us and that we are thinking of her on her special day. So we made sure there were 60 flamingos for her birthday."

Both Diane and her husband, Jack, have been in the thoughts and prayers of all who know them as they undergo cancer treatments. Jack was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of 2001, and Diane with breast cancer in October of 2004.

"I knew what those flamingos meant when I saw them," Braden said, explaining that flockings are a fun way many Relay for Life Teams use to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She just never thought she'd be flocked.

Members from the Flamingo Flockers, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Drake's Office in Terre Haute, were responsible for the 24-hour landing in the Braden's yard. For details on how to have someone "flocked," contact Nichole Drake of the Flamingo Flockers at 812-478-0250.

"I thought it was so much fun," Braden said. "I only wished we lived next to the road so people could have seen all that pink."

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