Race for the Cure around Tucson's Reid ParkPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Thousands of people walked in unity Sunday giving hope and encouragement to women fighting breast cancer.
The "Race for the Cure" looped around the Reid Park area.
They call themselves the Moms Group. A year ago, when 35-year-old Christie Campos was diagnosed with breast cancer, the group of women decided she was not going to fight the illness alone.
"Within a couple weeks we knew that it was stage three breast cancer," said cancer survivor Christie Campos.
The Mom's Group morphed into the Cups Runneth Over.
"We were talking about what would fill a cup to cause it to overflow, the goodness, obviously the pink fabric is appropriate for today," said Heather and Christie.
The team provided positive reinforcement even as Christie had her doubts.
"Terrible fear and I have two small children at home so all I could think about is what's going to happen to them if I don't make it," said Campos.
Cancer took a toll on her emotions, and her body. Doctors said it would be a struggle, but if she held on, she would see better days.
"A lot of times it was all the meds they give you with the chemo to make the chemo tolerable that also make you sick," said Campos.
Today Christie is cancer free. She shares this victory with other survivors, those who are still sick and loved ones left behind. They all want one thing, healthier days ahead.
"Be a very strong advocate for yourself if you think something is wrong don't take no for an answer," said Campos.
Christie says doctors originally told her she didn't fit the profile for breast cancer because she was so young.
That's why she says it's important to push for more tests or even ask for a second opinion.