Friends & Survivors Come Together to Race For A Cure - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/22/07

Friends & Survivors Come Together to Race For A Cure

With the sound of the starting pistol, the 2007 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure kicked off in Lubbock Saturday.

A record 5,300 families, friends and survivors came together to find a cure. And for one team, Team Rasberry, the race has special meaning.

"Our daughter who lives in Scottsdale Arizona, 800 miles away, was diagnosed this past April with breast cancer," said John Rasberry.

But, as John says, there's a kicker...

"The kicker is that she was only 26 years old when she was diagnosed," he added.

That's rare. So rare in fact of all women under the age of 30, only one in 2,200 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Lori was told that it wasn't anything to worry about and just by one of her friends encouraging her to go and get a second opinion is how she found out that she had breast cancer," said John.

Lori, now 27, has recently undergone surgery to remove the cancer from her body.

"She's recouping from her surgery, but it being two hours away it's very early in Scottsdale," said John.

To help her on the road to recovery, Lori has a surprise coming all the way from Lubbock.

"She's actually not even aware that we're doing this morning. We're going to surprise her with it later today," said John.

And Team Rasberry's message to their 27 year old survivor is "Hey Lori we're here to support you. We love you very much and this is for you!"

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