About 6,500 people registered for the 24th Annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. MAny of them participated in one of four events, Saturday. One woman, a survivor, has battled more than just breast cancer.
For Gloria Pitts and her family, this is a first walk against Breast Cancer. They joined thousands of others in the fight while she leads a fight of her own.
Last year, around Valentine's Day, as Gloria's daughter Barb Smith explains, her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. This, after having battled cancers of the Thyroid and Bladder, years before.
"She's a very strong, faithful woman, no matter what happens we have faith. We know things happen as they're supposed to. The strength of my mother is incredible," Smith said.
"It's great to me with family. They've been really good to help me, to call, we're pretty close family," Gloria Pitts said.
"Many tears, much faith, many prayers and here we are," Smith said.
The Avera Race event couldn't have fallen on a better day: Mother's Day Weekend and, best of all, Gloria's birthday.
"It means a lot to me and I've been supported by so many friends and family and our pastors in Madison," Gloria Pitts said.
Thanks to the help of research, a double mastectomy and family support, things are looking bright.
"Going to the doctor, hearing, seeing things look up and become more positive. There's so much more freedom with 'I love yous' and hugs, it brought us all a little closer," Barb Smith said.
And Gloria knows that's the one thing that will keep her crossing the finish line.
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