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CINCINNATI - In the crowd of thousands, Katie Dunaway of White Oak walked with her 9-month-old daughter by her side while taking part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk organized by the American Cancer Society.
"She's my miracle baby," said Dunaway, 31, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year while in the first trimester of her pregnancy.
"I started chemo in the second trimester with [my daughter]," said Dunaway. "I had six treatments of chemo. I had a double mastectomy in May of this year after I had her."
Dunaway named her daughter Samantha Hope.
On Sunday, Dunaway was joined by her husband and other family members as she made the trek through the streets of downtown and reflected back on the highs and lows of the past year.
"Today is a special day because it is a year later and I'm finished with all my treatments and everything is good. I'm a survivor," said Dunaway as she wiped away a tear.
Other survivors in the crowd included Mary Meyer of Higginsport. Meyer is still in the middle of her battle with breast cancer. Her husband and two children walked along side her.
"Right now my thing is, finish chemo and go on with my life and keep fighting the fight, no matter how tired I get, keep fighting the fight," said Meyer.
It's that kind of determination that helped Judy Beck of Alexandria get through her treatments 34 years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I would tell others to stay positive and keep fighting because I really believe that is a big part of the battle," said Beck. "Stay positive."
Sunday's walk also paid tribute to those who couldn't attend the event.
Bethany Beaman, 28, of Amelia was supposed to take part in the walk but was hospitalized last night due to complications from her cancer treatments. Instead, the young woman's friends walked in her place.
"We weren't going to do it," said Kelly Burnes, one of Beaman's friends. "We were going to the hospital and be with her and she wanted us to go. Everyone here wanted to go so we are supporting her here."
As for Dunaway, she's already thinking about attending the event next year.
"I think it's so important they find a cure. Your life isn't over it happens to you. Just check it early. That's most important."
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