Valley mom battles breast cancer, trains for 3-Day 60-mile walk

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Thousands of people throughout Arizona are training for the annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walking event that's less than three weeks away.

One of those people is Kisha Hendrix, a single mother who is battling breast cancer -- for the second time.

"We thought I was in remission, and now it's actually metastasized to my sternum." Hendrix explained.

She was first diagnosed in December 2010. She was 34 years old.  She has already had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She is now undergoing chemotherapy, while training for the big walk.

In addition to training, which at this point involved walking about 65 miles a week, she is also trying to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Everybody who walks in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is required to raise at least $2,300. It's no small feat, but it's something Hendrix is determined to do.

Hendrix's cousin organized a car wash Saturday to help Hendrix reach her goal.

The upcoming walk is extremely important to Hendrix and survivors like her, as well as others who have been affected by breast cancer.

"For me, a lot of it is mind over matter," Hendrix said. "For me, my running, my walking is a physical manifestation of me being able to run away from my cancer for awhile."

Hendrix says she has a three-fold goal in addition to beating cancer. She hopes to educate, advocate and inspire.

To help Hendrix raise that money so she can walk in the 3-Day next month, visit her page on The3Day.org. You can read her story and make a tax-deductible donation on her behalf. Proceeds fund essential research and community programs.

The Arizona Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is Nov. 11-13. It's one of 14 events throughout the country.

More than 1,550 walkers took part in last year's Arizona 3-Day, raising $4.4 million for the battle against breast cancer.

Writer's disclosure: I am involved in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, having walked in last year's event, preparing to be a crew member in this year's event and planning to walk again next year.