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Virginia woman runs Komen Race for the Cure, this time cancer free

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Last year, Kristi Mangan had just finished her final chemo treatment. So when she ran the Komen Race for the Cure, she was bald. She wanted to show that younger women are also affected by breast cancer.

"I was very, very anemic," says Mangan, 38. "I was about a point away from needing a blood transfusion. But, I kept running. I really wanted to be with the other survivors."

The former Prince William County high school teacher had to stop working last year when she discovered a lump in her breast.

The avid runner was stunned to be diagnosed with breast cancer. She ate organic food and even avoided chemicals in cleaning products for the family.

"My 3-year-old at the time didn't really understand," Mangan says. "He thought it was weird that Mommy was bald. My 5-year-old knew more. The worst day of my life was saying Mommy has cancer."

Today, Magnan is cancer free.

She's back to keeping up with three guys in her life and is sharing her story to support other women.

"You can decide that you're gonna let it wear you down or you're going to use it for something positive," she says. "A lot of people have told me 'you are so strong.' I have very important reasons to be strong and they're my boys."

Mangan is back to running 11 miles, training for her next marathon and she's getting ready for next week's Komen Race for the Cure in D.C.

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