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College president battling breast cancer, ready for new school year

Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, recently celebrated its 100th academic year, and also celebrated the inauguration of the institution's first female president, NBC affiliate WYFF 4 reports.

Dr Colleen Perry Keith took on the leadership position at the school in July 2009, around the same time that she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy and expects be done with her chemotherapy in October. She told the news source that there is a 95 percent chance the cancer will not come back once she has completed her drug therapy.

"I know I'm going to be fine. I'm going to get over this, and I will live a long life. So, knowing that is important. I have these students, faculty and staff that depend on me to keep this place going and that's fun for me. Work is actually fun. I enjoy coming here everyday," she told the news provider.

Keith lost her hair as a result of the chemotherapy, but said her sisters helped pin her cap to her wig in honor of her special day at the college.

There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. today according to the American Cancer Society.
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