CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is on Aug. 18 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland.
Among the inspirational stories, is a local women battling stage four breast cancer.
Carol Smith can hardly keep from jumping up and down, as she smiles and announces.
"I'm the captain of the CLEMetanators team," she said.
Carol has run the Komen Race for the Cure for 15 years, long before she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself.
"To be able to manage this disease, I have to be as healthy as I can, for as long as I can," she said.
In 2015, the mother of two, was diagnosed with stage four, metastatic breast cancer.
"The average life span of somebody with metastatic breast cancer is three years after diagnosis. I will hit that three year mark this year," says Carol.
Metastatic breast cancer is when the cancer escapes the breast and goes to other parts of the body and Carol says that's when it's fatal.
"And we don't know what causes that. I was early stage, did everything I was supposed to do, and two years later it's in my spine," she said.
Carol is so happy Komen is stepping up funding for metastatic breast cancer research.
"We need research to find a cure," she said
Carol and her team are doing their part, as one of the top fundraisers, raising more than $4,000 so far.
"We're actively trying to manage our diseases, actively trying to find a cure and we're thriving in our lives," says Carol.
MetaThrivers, Carol says it's also the new name Komen has given to this group of fighters.
"We are living with breast cancer and we're living, we're not just waiting around."