Mom of 10 Who Is a Cancer Survivor

Alex Arroyo looks like the healthiest happiest person you could find, and for the most part, she is. She's 41, works as a personal trainer, and is fit enough to be ready to run her fourth marathon this Sunday here in Los Angeles.

Yet it wasn't always this way. Back in '04, this normally active person just wasn't feeling right. She went back to the doctor a few times, getting pap smears that, unfortunately led to a diagnosis that no one ever wants to hear. Cancer. It was cervical cancer, fortunately one of the cancers with a high 5 year survival rate, and since it was caught early it was treated with medication and is now in remission.

"You hear the word cancer it's a very scary word, you're uncertain of what your life has in store. My outlook on life and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle definitely got bumped up. Just the fact that I'm here to share my story, to contribute in some way to cause very important to me. ''So Alex, who has ten children, which could be a whole other story, is all about giving back. She'll run Sunday as part of the incredible City of Hope's (in Duarte) ''Hope Sweat and Cures '' team, (Hopesweatcures.org) which will raise about 100, 000 dollars on this one day for their research and treatment programs. In fact, a little known part of the LA Marathon is that more than 100 charities are involved and last year alone raised almost 4 million dollars.

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