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Honorary Survivor: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure


The Central Wisconsin Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure takes place Sunday.

Newsline 9 is the media sponsor for the event. All week we've been featuring stories about cancer survivors.

This year's Honorary Survivor is Shelly Parsells from Wausau.

"I think cancer is a big obstacle in my life but it's something I can overcome,"  says Parsells. "My philosophy is that I accept that I have cancer and I am trying not to miss anything. I appreciate things more than I used to."

Parsells says she has been living with cancer for more than a decade. 

In 2001, doctors diagnosed Parsells with breast cancer. She underwent extensive treatment.

In 2010, she learned cancer had spread to her bones. She underwent her latest round of chemo treatments in July.

"Test results show everything is working and I am on a chemo break. At some point, I will have to undergo more treatment for the rest of my life, just to keep it at bay," explained Parsells.

Through it all, Parsells has found support in family, friends and co-workers.

"I have a lot of support. My family is the most important thing and the most supportive. I also have a lot of support from work. I have a work family and they let me have time off to undergo my treatments," says Parsells.

Many of them will join her for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Sunday in Wausau. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. at the 400 Block.


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