Susan G. Komen race battling breast cancer in Newport this weekend

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Susan G. Komen race battling breast cancer in Orange County this weekend
A survivor of breast cancer who is now facing her second fight against the disease will be one of many raising funds in the Susan G. Komen race in Newport Beach on Sunday.

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KABC) -- The slogan behind Susan G. Komen's Orange County's Race for the Cure is "The end of breast cancer starts with you!"

One survivor who's been at every race for the past 15 years is now facing her second fight against the disease.

Despite her two-year battle with breast cancer, Robin Pollok's voice doesn't give up as she belts out the national anthem.

Year after year at the Newport Beach event, Pollok's song and spirit inspire many to keep fighting.

"I get back as much as I give every time I do it," said Pollok.

At age 27, Pollok was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and she beat it. Now, the 53-year-old Hawthorne singer is battling triple negative, stage 3 breast cancer.

But despite her numerous surgeries, radiation and chemo, she won't miss a race.

Pollok sang to survivors in the midst of her treatment.

"I could really feel everyone's pain and anguish because I was experiencing it at the same time," she recalled.

Now in her second battle with breast cancer, Pollok said Susan G. Komen O.C. is at her side again. The group gives her medical and emotional support, resources and most importantly, hope.

"They're making new discoveries every day and I live with hope. I push forward," said Pollok.

Komen O.C. Executive Director Lisa Wolter explained that 25 percent of funds raised go to research and 75 percent goes to patient services in Orange County.

"Over the last 25 years, thanks to Susan G. Komen research, education and outreach, we've seen a decline in the death rate. We've saved lives," said Wolter.

Besides the national anthem, Pollok is planning to sing Rachel Platten's "Fight Song."

A fitting tribute to new patients, survivors and the loved ones left behind.

Pollok said, "you need to come down to the race because you will leave there with a heart that's full of love."

The event starts Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Pollok will be one of the first ones there.

For more information about the race click here.