• Mrs. North Carolina shares her story as two-time breast cancer survivor


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In 2019, more than 260,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which means 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.

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    Mrs. North Carolina Phaedra Pistone, a two-time breast cancer survivor, said early detection is important.

    In spring 2019, as she prepared for the Mrs. America pageant, Pistone learned her cancer had returned.

    "I honestly did not ever think that it would be back,” said Pistone. “And I was like, ‘You know what, I am not letting cancer take that from me.’”

    Pistone will be the honorary survivor chair and speaker for the 2019 "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk that starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at AvidXChange Music Factory in Charlotte. 

    >>> Watch the video above to see how Pistone believed her story was meant to be shared.

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