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Samantha Spoth fights for a cure for breast cancer

RUTLAND - This fall Samantha Spoth and four of her friends plan to walk 39 miles over two days as part of the AVON walk for Breast Cancer. The event will be held in New York City, October 19 and 20. "We have to raise $9,000 for the walk," said Spoth in a recent email. "Our team is called 'sharing the love'... We held a plant sale at the opening Rutland farmers market this past Saturday and next week we will be holding a friendly's fundraiser (May 17-24) but have a long way to go," she said. Adding that the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a big commitment, "one that will require me to spend the next several months training and fundraising. But breast cancer is a big disease, one I am currently fighting, and one that still affects far too many people, and I'm determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it."


Spoth was diagnosed in March of 2011 with stage IV inflammatory breast cancer. "It was my 34th birthday and my little girls were ages 4 and 8 at the time. My whole world seemed to stop instantly," she said. Since then, Spoth has completed one year of weekly chemo treatments, a double mastectomy and the removal of many lymph nodes, her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She also completed eight weeks of daily radiation. "I am currently on oral therapies and happy to have a more mellow treatment," she said. "I was diagnosed BRAC1 positive and want to do all I can to be sure there is a cure should my beautiful daughters ever find themselves staring this ugly disease in the face, too."

The money she raises will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those who most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.
Samantha Spoth's story can be found at www.thejourneyofmyself.blogspot.com.

"Please share my story… and my goal with others and ask them too to keep forwarding it on. Thank you again for helping me achieve this goal!" said Spoth.