TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Thousands of Tucsonans are gearing up for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 16th at Kino Sports Complex. And that includes Shirley Kroot who is now 7 years cancer free. In 2009 she was diagnosed with Stage zero breast cancer, 38 years after her mom lost her battle with the disease.
"When the radiologist called with the results, I kind of expected it. Ever since she died I assumed that unless I got hit by a bus that it was going to get me, " said Kroot.
Kroot was fortune because a routine mammogram save her life. She had a single mastectomy and didn't need chemotherapy or radiation.
"Mine was stage zero ductal carcinoma, not a lump. I would've never felt it,' said Kroot.
Still, Kroot's fight isn't over. Over the years she has raised about $90,000 for cancer research. This year alone, she has already raised $5,600 for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
"I feel like this is so important. Its something I've been involved with between my mother and myself.. It's something in my blood." said Kroot.
And with just a few weeks left until the walk, Kroot is holding a silent auction to raise even more money. If you'd like to attend it's set for October 1st from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. The catered silent auction will take place at the American Cancer Society, 1636 N. Swan, #151. All proceeds benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
If you'd like to attend this years breast cancer walk, click here.