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Fraternity fundraiser helps doctors, patients in Decatur

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Restaurants pit their wing recipes against each other for a good cause in Huntsville. Restaurants pit their wing recipes against each other for a good cause in Huntsville.
Funds raised by the event go towards cancer research efforts. Funds raised by the event go towards cancer research efforts.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A $15,000 microscope used at Clearview Cancer Institute in Decatur is vital not only for doctors, but patients. "The microscope is a very simple tool that we can use in the clinic to make a rapid diagnosis of several benign hematology disorders as well as leukemia," said oncologist Dr. Sammy Becdach.

They can even tell how a patient is responding to therapy.

Nancy Salmon ponders the new microscope and its connection to her late son. "My son was diagnosed with his cancer... it took a little while; now this microscope gives them the ability to receive a diagnosis much sooner," she said.

Nancy lost her son seven years ago to leukemia. Now fraternity brothers that he never met raise money in his name.

David Oberle is a senior member of Alpha Tau Omega at the University of Alabama Huntsville.  "ATO got involved with this. We started 'Battle of the Buffalos,' in which we remember Paul Salmon, one of our fraternity brothers."

Nancy said she was amazed to see the amount of care and effort they go through to put on the event, which runs April 12 at Big Spring Park. Restaurants will compete with their chicken wing recipes and raise money.

The young men use this fun event as a weapon in the battle against a disease that claims too many young lives.  Ethan Howell is a junior and a member of ATO.  "So often in donating money you don't actually see what it goes to... while we get to see the fruits of our labor, we see where it goes. It's comforting to know we're making a difference with what we donate."

A difference which can save lives. For more information go to http://battleofthebuffalo.com/

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