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Breast cancer patient to walk for research

Freda Swigert is battling stage one breast cancer and stage two pancreatic cancer, but you might not know it if you met her. The strong-willed woman will be walking 389 miles to raise money for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, according to ColumbiaMissourian.com.

"My philosophy is that I can mask my pain with medication, but I cannot cure it," Swigert told the news source. "Maybe [the donations will] give someone a shot to cure it. Or to live pain-free."

Swigert is certainly familiar with the staggering effects cancer can have on a family. The Lincoln, Missouri resident's two aunts and father succumbed to the disease, and a third aunt was recently diagnosed with bone and liver cancer.

Although the walk will take 10 to 14 days, the 41-year-old is determined to achieve her goal for the center.

"It's the smiles on their faces," she said. "They pull a person through tough times."

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is a member of the University of Missouri Health Center. It was the first free-standing cancer institution of its kind west of the Mississippi River, and the second in the United States.
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