GEORGETOWN, Del. - For many who have battled breast cancer, October is a month to embrace survival from an illness that will strike more than 200,000 women in the U.S. this year.
But for Cindy Canevari, the month is also about life - after cancer - and achieving a special goal: finishing the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K.
"I am feeling so awesome right now, I'm feeling so overwhelmed," Canevari said. "I have to say I never thought I'd be standing here saying I'm a cancer survivor."
The 56 year-old is a two time survivor, to be exact. Canevari was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and bladder cancer in 2007.
A double mastectomy and the removal of several lymph nodes left her with little upper body strength, so she started training in Greenwood last year with Doug Lawson and a group of 30 others she calls her "Fitness Family."
After a lot of hard work, she was able to see a difference - loosing 20 pounds, and gaining the strength to lift 30 pounds.
She decided to raise her goal to finishing the Making Strides race. The group worked out for months to get ready.
"It is so worth it because we know that physical activity - exercise - can decrease your risk of recurrence of cancer by fifty percent," Canevari said. "I'll take those odds any day."
And those odds seem to be in her favor. She finished the race and set a personal best record, shaving three minutes off of her last race time.
She credited her training group, saying getting here wouldn't have been possible without them.
"I feel the best I've felt in my entire life," Canevari said. "I just want to make sure people know that there's so much more life after cancer."
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