CINCINNATI - Katie Dunaway of White Oak arrived to say thank you to the organizations providing support at a breast cancer fundraiser and bike ride in her honor on Sunday just three weeks after having a double mastectomy.
"I just want thank everybody for coming out today and supporting the cause and it's really important they find a cure," said Dunaway.
9 News introduced you to the 30-year-old in Oct. 2011 while she and her family were taking part in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk at Yeatman's Cove.
The 30-year-old was six months pregnant during the time of the walk. She was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before she and her husband Josh found out they were expecting.
Dunaway started chemotherapy treatments during her second trimester. In January, she delivered her a healthy baby daughter named Samantha Hope.
"She's 5months old now and just really perfect," said Dunaway. "She's healthy and everything is really great with her. She's just starting to smile and laugh."
To lend Katie and her family support, a bike ride and fundraiser took place beginning at Holy Grail called Breast Fest 2012 .
"Everybody knows somebody who has breast cancer," said Dan McCarthy, an organizer. "If it's not your mother, sister, friend, we all know somebody.
The money raised will help the Dunaway family and a local support group for breast cancer survivors called the Pink Ribbon Girls .
"It's a community event that comes full circle. The Pink Ribbon Girls will help them with cleaning their house, baby-sitting, meals and different things while going through their treatments so that's why we partnered with them to help these girls out," said Kathy McCarthy, Dan's wife.
For now, the chemo treatments have ended after Katie after she endured a double mastectomy. Her focus is on getting better for her family and providing hope to other survivors.
"If it does happen to you," said Dunaway. "You can get through it and you can fight it."
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