Marilyn Norris, a breast cancer survivor and army veteran, now considers herself a an advocate for breast cancer awareness
, as she was given a second chance to be able to do so, the Fort Gordon Signal reports.
According to the source, Norris was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago and after undergoing surgery and radiation, has turned her efforts to supporting others battling the disease. Her story has even been published in breast cancer survivor Marcie Curry's book, Be a Strong Blessing.
Now, Norris will be walking in the Susan G. Komen three-day 60 miles Breast Cancer Walk in Atlanta, Georgia. Although she walks each year, this time around she has her own team.
"I committed myself to walk in Atlanta, Georgia, and to raise a minimum of $2,300 to help fight breast cancer," Norris told the publication. "I started my own team this year - 'Strong Blessing.' We walk because we must, we are strong because the journey demands it. Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for this."
According to Cancer.org, every 69 seconds a woman dies from breast cancer. By raising money for a cure and promoting early detection, many lives could be saved in the future.