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Ashley Coleman: Thousands of runners laced up their running shoes and braved the cold, to join the fight against breast cancer. It was all part of the national marathon to finish breast cancer. It may have been a cold day for the race, but there were plenty of stories to warm your heart. Action news Noel MClaran met with one relay group who battles breast cancer each day at work. Noel MClaren: Thousands of people came out for one day to fight against breast cancer, but for one group, and one of their own, the battle is daily. Dr. Robert Burk has jogged this road to recovery thousands of times, not just out here but at his surgery center. Each year, Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery [inaudible 00:00:42]. Dr. Burk: We, sometimes, can provide the silver lining in the clouds, of the reconstructive surgery, and giving them the ability to feel whole again, and move forward. Noel MClaren: And this year, he brought a team of ten to run relays, honoring and helping his patients. Dr. Burk: It is, unfortunately, a very prevalent disease. But advances in treatment, advances in reconstruction are occurring daily, and to a large degree because of the money that events like this raise. Noel MClaren: And on this seemingly sub-zero Sunday, the relay team has one special survivor warming their hearts, Shelley Greene, one of the surgery center's own, their long-time receptionist. Diagnosed this year with stage two breast cancer, she's the inspiration for the office's team Shelly, and the reason so many came out in these frigid temperatures. Shelley Greene: It feels great to have all this support from my co-workers and all the people out here to support breast cancer. Noel MClaren: For five years, Shelley has been the first to welcome women to their reconstructive journey. But today, she finds comfort in those patients. Shelley Greene: It's really helped me, because at my work, being able to talk to the people or talk to the families about what's going on. Noel MClaren: Shelley just completed her fourth and final chemo treatment last week, and goes for surgery in March. Her health and her spirits improve each day, and those who know her say she's an inspiration to everyone. On the south side, Noel Mclaren, CBS 47 Action News. Ashley Coleman: And today, team Shelley raised more than $1,500 for breast cancer research.
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