Team debuts at 2013 Race for the Cure

By Denise Jackson

May 11, 2013 Updated May 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --This year's annual Race for the Cure marked milestones for many survivors.

For Peoria resident Ronda Guyton, Saturday marked one year anniversary since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Guyton had plenty of supporters with her as she participated in the race for the first time.

Surrounded by friends, family and other breast cancer survivors "Team Ronda" made its debut in the Susan G. Komen annual Race for the Cure.

Since her diagnosis one year ago Ronda Guyton has been busy.

"The last year has just been crazy. I can't even put it into words and just through God's grace and mercy I'm here to walk and run among other survivors, my family and friends, the community that supported me through this last year," Guyton said.

Another survivor, Janice Parker was inspired by Ronda and has teamed up with her. Parker says her mother and aunt died from breast cancer.

"In our community we tend to keep it inside and not reach out and that's what happened with my mother and her sister they didn't communicate about the disease and as a result less of our family members were educated. That's vital," she said.

Parker's sisters are also on the team which has 62 members. So far they have raised nearly $9,000.

"Every year I donate to it because of my mom's death and my dad had cancer," Antoinette Rodgers said.

"We lose so many of our loved ones to cancer and we have cures for a lot of things, we need to fight this," Linda Ross said.

Parker and Guyton are still rounding up ammunition, more women, men and dollars to increase awareness for breast cancer research.

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