Race for the cure ‘team ronda’ takes over shopping center

By Alyssa Donovan

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- A local woman is using her battle with breast cancer to bring awareness to her own community.

The Madison Park Shopping Center was filled from end to end on Saturday with people supporting Team Ronda.

8 month breast cancer survivor, Ronda Guyton said, "I'm team Ronda. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of last year."

And now Guyton is giving back to the community that supported her during her fight.

Guyton invited 15 vendors to the event, which had raffle items, door prizes, entertainment and food.

National Rent-to-own even donated a TV as a raffle item.

The company’s Sales Manager Angela Freemon says Guyton is a patrolling officer for the store in the winter months.

Freemon said, "Ronda supports us. She helps us out a lot. So it's just returning the favor. Letting her know we do appreciate her and we're behind her 100%."
Kroger donated food to the event and Manager Allen Howard says it's important to cater to the needs of each individual community. "For our area here through the African American Community is raising the awareness. Which Ronda has done so diligently."

Guyton says the support and love that she has gotten throughout this journey is overwhelming.

Guyton said, "To me it just made a world of difference. It encourages me to keep on fighting; it encourages me to make a difference and to be there for other women who are going through the same thing. Let them know that you are not alone. This is a family unit and you know they say it takes a village to raise a family well it takes that same village to make a difference in the lives of women battling breast cancer."

Guyton says her team has already raised more than $3,000 and she's hoping Saturday's event will rake in another couple thousand.

She said, "And it's going to save lives. And that's what it's about... Saving lives and bringing awareness."

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