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Va. breast cancer survivor to walk 60 miles for a cure

Sunday - 9/4/2011, 11:43am  ET

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Breast cancer survivor, Liz Buscema and 1-year-old daughter Katie. (Photo courtesy of Liz Buscema)
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Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - In a few weekends, area residents will be seeing plenty of pink in D.C., as a giant pink mob hits the streets on September 23-25 for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Teams of participants will be walking 60 miles to raise money and breast cancer awareness. One team taking part is called "Yes Mam." It is short for mammography says Liz Buscema from Prince William County.

She says even though team members don't know each other, they've all been touched by breast cancer in some way.

This is the second year Buscema will be doing the 3-Day walk.

"I walked in 2009, a year after I was diagnosed with breast cancer," she says.

Buscema was 33 when she was diagnosed, one year after her mother was diagnosed.

"We were devastated. It just kind of hit us out of nowhere," she says.

Her 5-year old son Jake says, "Well, mommy's going for a walk to fight the disease."

She says Jake was 2 years old when she was first diagnosed and she says she was terrified not knowing what the future would bring.

But this Tuesday will be an extra special day for her and Jake. It's his first day of kindergarten.

"To take him to kindergarten now and be cancer free for three years, what a great feeling," she says.

Buscema had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. She says she feels blessed not having to have chemo and radiation.

"A year after going through my surgeries I did conceive and we're blessed with our little baby girl," she says.

Little Katie is a year old now.

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