19 Action News is introducing you to a woman who helped bring the Race for the Cure to northeast Ohio.
A family friend with cancer touched her life then, the disease hit even closer to home.
It was 1992 and Linda Campbell had just watched her sister lose a close friend to breast cancer.
She contacted Komen and they supported her mission to bring a Race for the Cure to northeast Ohio.
"That was a big eye opening experience for me, I have three sisters my mother, my aunts and my cousins so I said why not and it was a wonderful challenge," stated Linda.
In 1994, the work was done, and the first race was a success and then it hit.
"Nine years after you start this your sister gets breast cancer was it still stunning," asked Brian Duffy.
"It was, it was," answered Linda.
But because of early detection and because her family got behind the race they caught it early -- stage zero.
"I thought wow, there's a reason you do things, I'm getting teary-eyed, but she's healthy and it just brought awareness to the whole family," said Linda.
Linda, now, humbled by her lead role in Komen's presence in northeast Ohio, still helps out, and knows there is still so much to do.
"It just makes you appreciate every day, but we're still losing people we shouldn't be losing,"said Linda.
And that's why the race goes on, your money funds the research that is saving lives.
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