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Diagnosed at 29: Young woman keeps going after finding lump in breast

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Cancer doesn't discriminate against age, race, or gender. That's something Julie Klaski discovered at the age of 29.

The North Olmsted native, who now lives in Columbus, made the devastating discovery when she found a lump in her breast.

"I didn't think it could happen to me because I was so young," said Klaski. "I had no idea what to do, where to go; my family was completely devastated, it was a horrible thing."

Two surgeries later on the same breast and more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy, Julie thought she had put cancer behind her until more bad news came, 10 years later.

"I was swimming a couple of years ago and I felt like I pulled something in my shoulder," said Klaski. "After several scans, nothing showed up."

But, the cancer was back again, this time it spread to bones in her back.

That didn't stop Julie's fight. She continued to run, running to fight the disease and running to take cancer head on.

She even finished fourth in the Columbus Race for the Cure, and won medals in several other races. She proudly wears them on her chest. 

Cleveland's Race for the Cure is another mission for Julie, as she spreads the message across the country to be proactive.

Klaski is now cancer free, but she'll have to take medicine for the rest of her life to control the metastatic disease. But as a survivor she knows that giving up is never an option, it's never an option to let cancer win.

 "There are just so many people and everybody is supporting each other to keep going," said Klaski. 

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