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Buddy Check 25: Woman confronts cancer head-on by raising money for organizations

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NORMAL, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer - a woman like Rebecca Stiles Berquist. 

The Normal, Illinois businesswoman and mother says she wasn't surprised by her diagnosis two years ago.

She had a family history of the disease.

That's why Rebecca never missed her annual mammogram.

And when she was diagnosed at the age of 46, she knew she had to confront it head on.

"You hear the words breast cancer and that's all you hear during that phone call. So, that first day is really the hardest day, the hardest day of the whole journey. For me, that was the hardest day of my whole journey, because after I found out and after I got my head together, I knew what I needed to do," said Berquist.

One of the things she needed to do was give back to an organization where she found support...Sudan G. Komen and the Race for the Cure.  She is this year's race chair.  

This week, Rebecca helped register participants for the 5K run-walk during our phone-a-thon.  She's also fundraising as a team captain.

You can join her at the race on Saturday, September 9 at the State Farm Corporate South Campus.  Register online at komenmemorial.org or go to our website for more information. 

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