Daughter & mother's battle to fight breast cancer

By WEEK Reporter

May 10, 2014 Updated May 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Saturday's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure emphasizes remembering the journey of those fighting for their lives every day. One family has been fighting the battle together--and won.

"I'm a survivor,"--the words spoken and realized by local resident Sonya Pollard. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

"It was really quite a shock," said Pollard.

However, for her daughter, Rachel Matter, it was time to get to work.

"My first initial reaction was to join the Susan G. Komen race, raise money and help eradicate this disease," said Matter.

No time to waste--she organized a team of more than 16 members and three years of fundraisers.

"This year we did a scavenger hunt, an arm wrestling competition and more," said Matter. "The local support we get is great."

"She put her heart and soul into this," said Pollard, Matter's mother. "It's because she loves her mama."

The team raised more than $5000 putting them among the top ten out of 247 total teams. Their team name--"Hakuna-Ma-TaTas"---meaning "No worries."

"You're not alone," said Pollard. "There's so many in this fight, and you have so many supporters. I appreciate it so much. It means everything to me."

And everything to her daughter.

"It doesn't matter how young you are, how old you are, your color or your gender--everyone needs to join the fight," said Matter.

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