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Posted: November 27, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Inspirational Finish

Andrea Sanders doesn't let breast cancer diagnosis deter her from her dream of running a marathon

SEATTLE : Andrea Sanders of New Castle, WA, was looking forward to running her first marathon " the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon " this weekend. But about a month ago, she had to cut her training short when she was told she had breast cancer.

Her doctors wanted to schedule her for surgery as soon as possible, dashing her dreams of competing in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

But by then, she'd already completed 14 weeks of her 18-week training schedule and she wasn't going to let that training go to waste. She wanted to prove she was up to the challenges that lie ahead.

So, with the support of her husband, Brian, and the rest of her family, she decided to run her own marathon " the Sanders Marathon " on Nov. 14, just two days before her 40th birthday.

Andrea finished her marathon in 4:05. Her family was waiting at the end of the route, holding a pink ribbon at the finish line as she crossed.

Andrea was thrilled with her accomplishment. "I ran a marathon," she said. "I won my age group and set my personal record." Of course, she added, "I was the one racing and it was my first marathon, so those are not quite the feats they seem to be."

Still, she did it. "Turns out all that training time, sore muscles and sweat weren't for nothing after all," she said. And, she added, "I hope that my story gives hope to other women who are diagnosed with breast cancer." "

Though Andrea wasn't able to run the marathon Sunday, she was still able to take part in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon after all. She rode in the marathon's pace car and was presented a finisher's medal at the end.

About Amica Insurance:
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, R.I., is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

About the Seattle Marathon Association:
The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non-profit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit to find out more about the race.

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