Area officers back up colleague in breast cancer fight

By WEEK Producer

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some local law enforcement officers put their badges aside to talk breast cancer.

You may remember Ronda Guyton from our Buddy Check 25 program. She's a Peoria County Sheriff's Deputy who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thursday, she was honored for her strength and courage with a luncheon, hosted by "SLATE." That stands for "State and Local Auto Theft Enforcement task force."

Members say Ronda's situation has opened their eyes about the deadly disease.

"One in eight women," said Gregg Cavanaugh, Task Force Director. "That's a very high probability that either your mother, daughter, sister or wife could be affected by this disease so it really hits home."

Ronda's surgery is Thursday, July 12. The task force will wear special shirts that day and throughout her breast cancer battle to raise awareness.

You can show your support by participating in a mammogram-a-thon hosted by Ronda on July 11.

To participate, call the Methodist Diagnostic Center at 671-8282. Just ask for Ronda's 40.

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