Komen Race for the Cure team runs to celebrate friend's progress

Komen Race for the Cure team runs to celebrate friend's progress

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Cathy's Chemosabes surround their friend, Cathy Troxler. Source: WBRC video Cathy's Chemosabes surround their friend, Cathy Troxler. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Teamwork takes on a new meaning when it comes to the Komen Race for the Cure.

The teams that join the race are often formed by friends who want to show their love and support for a breast cancer survivor. FOX6 News anchor Janet Hall recently met a team called Cathy's Chemosabes.

Last year they surrounded Cathy Troxler as she made her way through downtown Birmingham in the Komen Race for the Cure.

At the time she was in the middle of chemotherapy. She had lost her hair and felt miserable but the race and the fellow survivors raised her spirits.

"It was nice to see how many others got through it and went on to live full and normal lives....It's hope, it's hopeful," Troxler said.

Cathy and the Chemosabes will be back this year. They tell FOX6 this time around the race will be a celebration of Cathy's successful surgery and reconstruction.

"Last year we were cradling Cathy physically and emotionally. It's hard because to be with her was emotional but this year, girl you're done. We are out for fun this time," Mandee McDonald said.

There is a lot of laughter among these friends who met each other in a small faith group at Crossbridge Church of Christ. They say they are closer now than ever and are looking forward to race day.

"For every person there they are showing support for someone in a difficult battle and I would encourage anyone to go . It's a unique event in Birmingham and it would be a shame to miss it," Jessica Ballentine said.

Cathy Troxler, her husband and two young children certainly won't miss the race and you can bet the Chemosabes will be right there with them.

"I love them, I love them and thank you for all the work to put this together for me. It's just amazing, they are amazing friends," Troxler said.

Many other teams will participate in the Birmingham Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 12. For more information about the race, please visit komenncalabama.org.

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