Lowcountry woman races to fight breast cancer

Race for the Cure

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Runners and walkers laced up their shoes and took over the streets of Daniel Island for the 19th  Annual Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure 5k" early Saturday morning.

One Lowcountry woman who was there fighting breast cancer one step at a time proudly wore her shirt saying "cancer picked a fight with the wrong girl."

"The best thing I can do to fight this is have a good attitude and community participation," said Kathy Elsner.  She is a mother of two young kids and was diagnosed last year with stage four breast cancer. Elsner says with the help of close friends and family, she's coming out swinging.

"My motto is cancer picked a fight with the wrong girl and again all I can do is have a good attitude and be brazen , I'm not going out like this, I will fight cancer, I will beat it," Elsner said.

She's not fighting alone because she had a team in her corner who happened to be the largest team that entered the race.

"Two-hundred-forty members of our firm came out as Team Elsner and we are here to help Kathy fight breast cancer, if people are aware of it, people are vigilant about their own health, then we can beat this," Donald Migliori said.

The team did not only fight for Elsner, but last year they came in second place for the most money donated to find a cure. Elsner says it's not only about the fundraising.

"It shows people who are fighting this and going through this that they're not alone. It would be devastating to have to deal with this by yourself," she said.

Elsner says she still has her bad days, but it's her attitude that keeps her strong.

"It's everything; People compliment me all the time [on my attitude] but it really is easy to fight when you have the support of your friends and your family," Elsner said.

The Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" encourages participants to race for a life affected by breast cancer.  Last year the organization raised $900,000 and this year they hope to break $1,000,000.

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