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Same fight, different cancer; Survivor refuses to let it slow her down


Editor's Note: This is the sixth 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.

Dawn Bockert is 38 years old and battling cancer for a second time. 10 years ago it was thyroid cancer.  Now it's breast.

"When I got this latest diagnosis, I was scared," she told Anchor Molly Grantham.  "I have a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old and the first thing they thought was the first thing I thought – ‘you're doing this again?'"

Yes. She is. In fact, Dawn's first treatments begin Wednesday, September 26th.

"I'm not letting it slow me down at all," she said.  "I'm not letting it slow me down at all, because if I do, then I let the cancer get me rather than me get it." 

October 6th will be Dawn's second Charlotte "Race for the Cure".  She ran in her first one last year in memory of her cousin.  Little did she know that months later she would be fighting herself. 

Dawn has a big team called "Steps for Dawn".

"Lucky for me, I had that warning sign," she said.  "Because I'm not even 40.  I wouldn't have even needed a mammogram yet."

WBTV is a media sponsor of "Race for the Cure".  Our station has two teams – we welcome you to join either one.  Morning anchor John Carter is captain of "Team John" and evening Anchor Molly Grantham is captain of "Team Molly".  Register now… we're less than two weeks away!
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