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Local woman continues push to end breast cancer

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Su Peck was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, so she hiked the Grand Canyon. (WFSB photo) Su Peck was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, so she hiked the Grand Canyon. (WFSB photo)
GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end, one Glastonbury woman is continuing her goal of ending breast cancer altogether.

Su Peck has already accomplished a monumental task in her mission.

She also has an interesting view on life.

"I had to get another dog so I got Nutter, 'anutter' dog!" she said. "It was like a Scooby Doo moment, like 'arooo?!' You can do that?"

So it wasn't surprising that her view on fighting breast cancer was a little interesting itself.

"I decided when I was diagnosed with this, I was not going to give cancer any power, it was not going to do this to me," she said.

Nine months after she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, she decided to hike the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, in one day.

That's 23.6 miles, down 7 miles from the north rim, across 7 miles to the river, then up 9.6 miles to the south rim.

"It's pretty formidable, when you see where you have to go, it's scary," Peck said.

After Peck's diagnosis in January, she had a lumpectomy the next month. She started radiation in April. Without telling her oncologist, she also started training.

She said the training was just as important as the treatment.

"Once this got into my head of 'I'm going to do this,' it took the cancer out of my head," Peck said. "This is what I focused on for 6 months."

On Sept. 25, Peck began her Grand Canyon trek in the dark at 4:30 a.m. with a headlamp by herself.

"Watching the sun start to hit the canyon was just absolutely amazing," she said.

She said the best feeling was completing her goal on the opposite side 12 hours later. She also raised $5,600 for the American Cancer Society and earned a clean bill of health.

"The old statement about when life gives you lemons make lemonade, I think I made the best batch of lemonade that I could come up with," Peck said.

Peck said she's still raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Anyone looking to donate can do so on her crowdfunding page here.

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