Pink Courage: Fighting Cancer All the Way to the Finish Line

ROGERS, AR — In 2011, Marybeth Cornwell found out she had breast cancer.

“First thing to know when you get diagnosed is that you are not alone,” she said. “There are support groups and resources that just weren’t there a generation of women ago.”

With that support she underwent a double mastectomy, and has been a survivor for three years.

“It’s an experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone else but I wouldn’t trade it for the world because of the fantastic people I met,” Marybeth said.

Her experience with cancer also led Marybeth on a new path. She ran in the Race For a Cure last year, finishing her first 5-K ever.

“I just decided one day last year my motivation to stand up against cancer was stronger than my hatred of running,” she said. “It was the best feeling ever coming across the finish line.”

This year Marybeth will cross that finish line again, but this time as the Honorary Survivor Chair.

“This community was so supportive of me during my journey that I feel like this is my opportunity to give back,” she said. “We need to raise a million dollars. The demands and requests Komen provides in diagnosing and screening – it exceeds what the organization can do.”

Marybeth hopes this will be a year of medical breakthroughs in breast cancer cures, and that all of us will play an integral part.

“I believe that somebody is going to raise the dollar that funds the cure,” she said. “Someone is going to do it and I would love for it to be here in Northwest Arkansas.”

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