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Runner says 'I can I will' through cancer and half-marathon

Runner says 'I can I will' through cancer and half-marathon

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 Posted By: Camila Orti

A Lincoln woman battling cancer still laced up her running shoes for Sunday's half-marathon.

Thousands of people from 26 different states hit the pavement Sunday morning for Lincoln's first ever Good Life Halfsy.

"I'm a little nervous, I haven't run very far lately," 37-year-old Andrea Kabourek said.

For Kabourek, it wasn't about getting a fast time, just getting across the finish line.

"This is actually my third round of cancer," Kabourek said.

After battling breast cancer and leukemia, doctors told her that the breast cancer had spread to her lungs. But even with the new rounds of chemotherapy, the running enthusiast decided she can and she will still complete the half. And she did.

"I can I will, people were yelling at us the whole time we were running," Kabourek said.

It's a phrase she has printed on shirts, displayed on East High's marquee, where she coaches track and cross country, and it's the way she says she lives life.

"It's cancer but it's not going to ruin who you are and ruin your life," Kabourek said, "you can still do what you want you just have to do it bald I guess."

Kabourek was accompanied by a group of friends and supporters during the race. One of her close friends, Courtney Mann, says the experience was unforgettable.

"That was her being at her best out there running and doing it and it was amazing," Mann said.

Race organizers say next year's event will be bigger and better, they're hoping to extend registration to 5,000 runners.

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