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Made in Idaho: Balmshot helps fund breast cancer screenings

Posted at 9:54 AM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 17:32:06-05

A lip cancer diagnosis left Wayne Forrey needing constant moisture and his former lip balms weren't cutting it.

"They would rotate in my pants pocket as I moved throughout the day and the balm would warm itself up into the cap and make a gooey mess."

He says he needed something to alleviate his pain, even if he had to make it himself. With support from his wife he gave it a shot.

"I had a shotgun shell on my work bench one Saturday morning and I looked at that and I remember thinking hmmm."

Their brainchild: Balmshot. He turned the structure of a shotgun shell, with a metal base into a sturdier lip balm dispenser. The product originally made to help with Wayne's cancer is now helping others fighting similar battles.

Wayne's wife Karen says "A lot of women put off getting their mammogram because they can't afford it."

Part of the sales of their pink Balmshot lip balm is donated to provide women in the Treasure Valley screenings and mammograms. A passion for Karen after family members battled their own breast cancer diagnoses.

Their products are sold in stores across the state and internationally...and your purchase could help save a life.