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Army of angels to support survivor

On October 5, thousands will take to the streets of downtown Lexington to run in the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

While some will walk others will run and together join their teams and cross the finish line together.

In this month's Think Pink segment Amber Philpott introduces you to a young woman whose army of angels will be with her every step of the way.

At 37 Amanda Schoonover often reflects on the last two years of her life..

"I live each day differently now because life is always in perspective for me," said Amanda Schoonover.

As a wife and busy working mother, Amanda admits she never had time to be sick but her body told her otherwise.

"One day I felt I was really sore in some areas and I noticed some changes to my breasts and that maybe there is something to this," said Schoonover.

At 35 Amanda was diagnosed with what doctors now believe was late stage three breast cancer.

Chemotherapy was first, followed by a double mastectomy and then reconstruction.

"We have to learn to listen to our bodies for sure, if something isn't right you have to check it out, you have to get your mammogram."

Amanda is a survivor and now fighting for others.

Last year in the middle of treatment she laced up her shoes and took part in the annual Race for the Cure.

This year she has a new team, her husband is a detective with the Lexington Police Department and that's who she is joining forces with now.

"The FOP Auxiliary, we have a team, Amanda's Army of Angels. We are representing those survivors now and who have fought this battle."

Amanda did fight, but admits she worries what might have happened had she not finally took time out of her busy schedule and focused on her.

Now its about making sure other women do just that for themselves.

"Being able to raise awareness and give back and giving my time is really where I'm called to be at this point."

Amanda tells me her diagnosis became a spiritual journey for her.

Through this process she has learned to be more aware of her body and hopes all women do.

She hopes you will join her for the race next weekend.

Race Info:
2013 Komen Lexington Race for the Cure

October 5th, 2013 8:00 a.m. Survivor events, 9:00 a.m. Race

Downtown Lexington, Robert Stephens Courthouse (120 N. Limestone)

All funds from the Komen Race for the Cure go to research, education, screening and treatment programs.

We want 8,000 participants at the 2013 Race, so start recruiting your team now! We plan to raise $600,000 with this event and we need your help to reach our goal!

To register for the 17th annual Race for the Cure click on the link below.

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