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Joan Heinz stands with her dog, Rally. After battling breast cancer during the past 1 1/2 years, Heinz is done with treatment and has adopted Rally from a rescue shelter in Steamboat as a reward. Heinz said they've both had a rough year and are perfect for each other.

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Rallying, Craig woman battles breast cancer, learns it's OK to accept help

Spunky. Strong. Independent. All of these words describe Joan Heinz. Tiny in appearance, Heinz is a spitfire raised in the West. “I was used to hearing, ‘Buck up cowgirl,’ all my life,” she said. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 1 1/2 years ago, Heinz had a difficult time learning to accept help.

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