5K run honoring stomach cancer awareness month

VICTORIA, Texas – On Saturday community members ran a 5K race to celebrate stomach cancer awareness month.

Leticia Juarez received the cancer diagnosis in January, a short time after she was sent to Houston to meet with an oncologist over there.

She has been battling stage 4 metastatic terminal stomach cancer for a little less than 1 year.

In addition, she recently had to go to the emergency room to get 3 biopsies.

“Right now, my biggest challenge has been getting used to the chemo, that I’ve graduated to. So, I finished my hard chemo and now I’m doing maintenance chemo, which is what I’ll have to do from now on, but I’m trying to find that balance. That happy medium, so that way I can keep going to the gym or you know, I can keep doing things with my kids. My family and whoever, like I want to be able to enjoy my life,” she said.

Juarez said that covering medical expenses with her diagnosis has been rough, but she is staying strong for her family and herself.

People ran a 5K color run in her honor, where all the proceeds are going towards her medical bills.

Many people participated to show their support.

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