Survivor speaks about beating breast cancer

LAS VEGAS - A sea of pink took over Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The runners and walkers hit the street to take part in the fight against breast cancer.

One of the participants is survivor Patsy Israel. She said she’ll never forget when she was diagnosed.

"I just went for a regular mammogram checkup and they saw something suspicious and after multiple tests, they diagnosed me with cancer," Israel said.

Israel beat cancer survived. She said it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the support she received, especially from her husband Michael.

"I had been through cancer myself years ago, so I understood how frightening it was and I was grateful that I was able to be there to offer some encouragement and support her through what she had to go through," said Michael Israel.  

Patsy and Michael joined thousands of others who raced for a cure. Finding a cure is crucial because every 13 minutes a woman in the U.S. dies from breast cancer.

"We are going to get the cure one day," said Peggy Johnson, Race for a Cure participant.  

Johnson has lost family members to cancer, so she's turned the yearly walk into a family tradition.

"My husband's out here, my daughter came, my goddaughter, she's 8 and out here on a scooter," Johnson said.

Others who are thankful they've beaten the odds and won their battle with cancer said they run because it's healing.

"I was diagnosed at the age of 31 with stage three invasive breast cancer. I run it every year just as a reminder that I'm here and still alive," said Judy Barrios, cancer survivor.

For those who are in the fight now, Israel has some words of encouragement.

"Don't give up. You won't fight alone,” Israel said.  

According to the Race for a Cure Website, the organization raised more than $135,000. The money will be used for screening, diagnosis and treatment services.


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