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One breast cancer survivor stands out at the 26th annual Walk for a Life

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Beth encourages community members and fellow survivors during this years walk by being on the volunteer crew. Beth encourages community members and fellow survivors during this years walk by being on the volunteer crew.
One of Beth's favorite parts of Walk for a Life is sharing her story to help others during one of the hardest times of their life. One of Beth's favorite parts of Walk for a Life is sharing her story to help others during one of the hardest times of their life.
This year was Palmetto Health's 26th annual Walk for a Life that brought out crowds of survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and community members to help fight for a cure. This year was Palmetto Health's 26th annual Walk for a Life that brought out crowds of survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and community members to help fight for a cure.

By Abby McDowell, Carolina News

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, in the midst of all of the pink, there is one woman who stands out.

"When I think of Beth Harris, there are two words that come to mind, fierce and fearless," Palmetto Health's Ashley Dusenbury says.

Beth is an eight-year breast cancer survivor who was first diagnosed at the age of 34. She participates in Palmetto Health's Walk for a Life every year. The walk lets Columbia come together and relate with friends and relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

This year marks the 26th Annual Walk for a Life and it is used to raise money for a cure and new diagnostic technology. But Palmetto Health's Ashley Dusenbury says there is a bigger purpose.

"We do it because if women and men who are going through treatment now, there's so many stories to share before, during, and after this event about what it means," Dusenbury says.

Walkers enjoy Beth's loving spirit and telling their stories.

"You get the bond, and you get the empowerment, you get the support, you get the resources from first hand people that went through the same thing in our community," Beth says.

Every year Beth comes out to motivate women who are still battling the disease.

"It's not a death sentence, get it out of your head. I would turn my head and say there's cancer in me get it out and I'm going to be okay. I just decided from day one I was going to be a survivor. Why let cancer own me, when I can own it," Beth says.

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