Real Life Survivor: Top ranked boxer fights for survivor mother, awareness

Woman details long fight with cancer

MINT HILL, NC (WBTV) - Komen Charlotte says every two minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every thirteen minutes a woman in America dies from the disease.

Mint Hill's Rennie Flock was told she'd be one of those women. Only, she's not.

"I found out I had breast cancer in 1998," Rene said.  "The pain was awful. The chemo was terrible. But I got through it. Then three-and-a-half years ago I found out I had brain cancer, too."

Doctors said her breast cancer had spread to her brain and lung and they told Rene's daughter, Carrie, her mom would need brain surgery.

"After they took the tumor from her brain they looked at me in the face and said, 'We give her six months to live'," Carrie said.  "And here it is three-and-a-half years later. It's God's will."

Just last week Rene found out her cancer is growing, which means her current medicines aren't working.

"I don't want to do any more chemo though," Rene said.  "So it's just going to be a matter of living my life."

That can be hard for 38-year-old Carrie to hear, but she says she will always respect her mom's wishes.

Carrie is left just trying to bring awareness to the disease, which she often does through her job – she's a professional female boxer.

"Right now I'm ranked number four in the world in my weight class which is super middle weight," she said with a smile.  "And I'm ranked number one in the United States."

Yes. Carrie is a world-ranked fighter in the ring... but yet... she can't control her mom's biggest battle out in the real world.

Carrie says they will both be out at Komen Charlotte's "Race for the Cure" on October 3rd.

"We wouldn't be anywhere else that morning," she said.  "Me, my mom and my mom's sister, who also had breast cancer.  We'll all be there together."

Rene smiled when hearing that.

"I'm going to do what I want to do," she said.  "This cancer isn't going to get the best of me!"

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