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Mar 15, 2013 10:12 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Marana breast cancer survivor refused to give up hope

TUCSON- This weekend thousands of Tucsonans will support the fight against breast cancer by running in the Southern Arizona Race for the Cure.

Among the runners, Amanda Nabor of Marana, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. "I was in between mammograms, when I first felt the lump on my breast," Nabor says.

Doctors only confirmed what Nabor already knew. It was stage three breast cancer. "I knew I was going to have to have surgery," Nabor says.

But as scary as it sounded, Nabor didn't let herself feel sorry. "My mind set was that I was going to fight it," Nabor says.

The now 58-year-old says she had already been through a lot worse. "My son loved life, but he wasn't given an opportunity to fight and I was going to fight for both of us," Nabor says.

In 1993, her oldest son, Armando, died in a car accident. He was just 16-years-old. "Everybody just loved him," Nabor says. "He had a strong sense of humor."

Nabor wasn't going to let her family suffer another loss. "The thought of me not being there was just too much. I knew I was going to have to fight," Nabor says.

After a mastectomy, three months of chemotherapy and one month of radiation, Nabor was in remission. She has stayed in remission for the past five years. "It feels great because when I was diagnosed, I didn't know whether I'd be able to say that," Nabor says.

This weekend when she is running for the cure, she'll be thinking of her son and spreading a simple message or others to keep in mind, no matter how bad it gets. "You're fighting for your life," Nabor says. "Your life is too valuable for you to give up, you have to fight for yourself, for your family and for other women."

Today, as a customer service employee at Fry's Food Stores, Nabor often finds herself talking to other breast cancer survivors. She has become a poster child for the cause.

The Southern Arizona Race for the Cure is Sunday, March 17 at The University of Arizona. It opens at 6am, 7am 1-mile walk, 8am 5K run/walk (competitive and non-competitive).

Parking is available free campus-wide and at all UA garages. For more info call 520-319-0155.

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