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Cancer fighter ready to take on Skyway 10K

Kathleen Powers has two chemo treatments left but isn't letting cancer keep her off the bridge.

Kathleen Powers will be wearing a new shirt when she crosses the Skyway Bridge on March 3. Her black tank top features a bright pink bow in place of the ‘A’ in the word ‘WARRIOR’ across her chest.

“It’s not a survivor. It’s a warrior,” she said. “After going through all this, I do definitely feel like a warrior.”

Exactly a year after her breast cancer diagnosis, the mother of two is training to complete the Skyway 10K. She has two chemo treatments to go before finishing her fight against cancer.

“You’re tired and stuff from treatments,” she said. “You don’t get to train. To be able to get through it is really important.”

Kathleen walks/jogs 4.5 miles a few times per week around her Wesley Chapel neighborhood. She is hoping it will prepare her for the 6-mile trek across the Bay Area’s highest bridge.

“I’m a little scared of heights,” she said with a chuckle.

She is on preventative chemo and will have to take a pill for the next five years. Spanning the Skyway Bridge will mark the completion of her cancer journey.

“It’s about finishing, not about the time,” she said. “It’s the idea of getting over the chemo, getting over the bridge.”

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