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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Editor's Note: This is the fifth story 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.
Vertina Newman lost her mom 10 years ago to breast cancer.
"I come from a really small North Carolina town," she told Anchor Molly Grantham. "We didn't have all the information we have here in Charlotte and surrounding areas. When I moved here and I saw all the research and information, I immediately got involved with Komen Charlotte."
Vertina's mom, Eunice Marrow, found her own lump. It turned out to be triple negative, a very tough type of breast cancer. Eunice went into remission briefly, but it came back in her blood stream and after a long three-year battle, Eunice lost the fight.
"My mother always had great strength," said Vertina. "She always fought. I picked up her fight when she died so other people won't have to fight so hard."
October 6th will be Vertina's 7th Charlotte "Race for the Cure".
"The best thing to know is we're fighting for an end to breast cancer," she said. "I love ‘Race for the Cure', but if we didn't have to having one anymore, that would be the best thing because that means breast cancer has been eliminated."
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