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Woman fights through breast cancer with the help of exercise

Michele Wilkinson was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2008, and almost two years later she is in remission and preparing for an Ironman competition, The Janesville Gazette reports.

Wilkinson endured a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments for 12 months, but continued to push through her condition. She ran a half-marathon two days before her surgery and participated in eight running events during the last six months of her treatment. She is now preparing for the Wisconsin Ironman event, which will be held on September 12.

"My oncologist told me, 'You're doing great and keep going,'" she told the news source. "He said he'd never seen a patient like me."

She now runs events wearing a pink cape, showing people that breast cancer doesn't mean you can't continue to do what you love.

Wilkinson has raised $13,000 of the $15,000 she has pledged to her local Susan G Komen for the Cure affiliate, and will continue to accept donations up until the Ironman event.

Susan G Komen for the Cure has raised more than $1.5 billion for breast cancer research since it was founded in 1982.
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