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Survivor: I was 25 when I learned I had breast cancer

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Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a six part series where we introduce you to Charlotte breast cancer survivors.  It's in preparation as we count down to the annual Komen Charlotte "Race For The Cure" on Oct. 6th.

33-year old Emily Crandall is really young to already be an eight-year survivor.

"I was diagnosed two weeks before my 25th birthday," she told Anchor Molly Grantham.  "My mom died of breast cancer when I was 12.  Her two aunts had it and also died.  My gynecologist heard that and told me to get a baseline mammogram at age 25.  I'm convinced that advice saved my life.  They found it before it spread."

Emily's cancer was found so early, it was treatable.  It's why she thinks early detection is key.

"Being a survivor and wearing that pink shirt with pride… it's inspiring," she says.  "It's not sad.  I cry every year at Race for the Cure, but not sad tears.  They're tears to celebrate life."

Emily and her husband moved to Charlotte six years ago after Emily was already in remission.  Once she got here, she got really involved in Komen Charlotte.

"The mission and passion these people have is amazing," she said.  "Men.  Women.  It's a great charity.  I meet a lot of women in their 20's and 30's through Komen who are going through what I went through.  It's unbelievable when you realize how many young people are affected."

Emily will be out October 6th for Komen Charlotte's "Race for the Cure". 

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