Breast cancer survivor says Komen race gives hope

Local breast cancer survivor says Komen race gives hope.
Local breast cancer survivor says Komen race gives hope.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Less than a month away, runners will snake through the streets of downtown Wilmington for the second annual Susan G. Komen race for the cure.

Over 2,500 people participated in the inaugural race. Organizers hope even more people will turn out this year.

The race, which is held in cities all across the country, brings together breast cancer survivors, their family and friends, and people who simply want to support the cause.

Michelle Reynolds was one of the breast cancer survivors who walked in the race last year in Wilmington. She was diagnosed with breast cancer February 1, 2012.

"I had invasive ductal carcinoma," Reynolds said.

The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

Dr. Elizabeth Weinberg, a local surgeon, removed Reynolds tumor.

Dr. Weinberg is also an avid runner and encouraged Reynolds to participate in the inaugural Komen race in Wilmington.

"That day in particular, and I run in just about every race in Wilmington,  there was a vibe like to other," Weinberg said.

Reynolds said she went reluctantly but was glad she completed her walk which she says was a milestone.

"There was an electricity that morning just seeing all of the breast cancer survivors. It just gave me hope," Reynolds said.

Now, with a good prognosis, Reynolds encourages all women who have experienced or are going through the breast cancer journey to participate.

"I'm cancer-free and I'm staying that way," Reynolds says with a smile.

The race takes place March 1. If you'd like to register, click here.

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