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At the end of January, eyes from around the world will be on the stage at the auditorium inside Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno. Channel 2 News was at the last day of practice for the TEDx University of Nevada talk featuring our very own Wendy Damonte.

Wendy begins her speech with "there are 157 million pairs of these, boobs. They feed babies, they please men, in my case they just kinda get in the way."

That's quite an opening line, isn't it?

Wendy is honored to have this platform to spread a message dear to her heart, a message that brings her and the audience to tears.

In her speech Wendy says "she collapsed and my head is spinning because I just cannot handle this and that moment this man behind me says 'would you like to borrow my wheelchair?'"

Wendy is bravely, vividly and eloquently recounting the moments before losing her mother to cancer. "I knew exactly what I wanted to say and it just came right out of me. Writing, it was the easiest part."

Her mother would be so proud to hear Wendy's words; she's sharing a message her mother always wanted to pass along.

"How in the world did my mother's disease progress so quickly?"

She wants women to check their breast density to properly screen for tumors. This, Wendy says would've prevented the painful loss her family endured.

"Dense breast tissue is just something you're born with like brown hair or blonde hair."

Wendy will be one of 20 people speaking at TEDx at the University of Nevada. Bret Simmons, the producer of TEDx University of Nevada says, "there's so many talented, smart people here."

Ten speakers at this global event were selected from our area including Elizabeth Smart and a man from South Africa who will travel to Reno to share his journey.

The producer will post each speech online so their messages live on, in a global setting.

A local 13-year-old from last year's University of Nevada talk, Logan LaPlante just got 1.1 million views on his TEDx YouTube video. Bret says, "I tell my speakers you're speaking in Reno but not speaking to Reno. Have a big message with an innovative solution."

But no pressure!

"I wake up in the middle of the night at 2am and I start reciting my speech. It is on my mind constantly," says Wendy.

No doubt Wendy and the others will make a huge impact on those who take this opportunity to listen.

The event is sold out, but you can hear Wendy's speech and all the others during a live stream on January 24th. Each speech will be posted later on YouTube.

For more information go to www.tedxuniversityofnevada.com

Written by Neda Iranpour

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