Question and Answers with Angela McCormick
Why are you passionate about VCU Massey Cancer Center?
A little more than four years ago, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I did a lot of research before deciding where to seek treatment, and it was clear to me that Massey was my best option. The care I received at Massey was phenomenal from start to finish, and I was certain I was in the best possible hands. My thyroid cancer also sparked a big change in me; it woke me up to the realization that my health was not guaranteed and I needed to take more responsibility. I began eating healthier, running, and eventually lifting weights. Through these changes, I lost 107 pounds and went from a size 20 to a size 2. I also began competing as a power lifter. Running was an important part of my transformation, and one of my first races was the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. Fundraising for Massey helps me give back for the excellent care I received while also raising awareness about the importance of research.
Why did you begin to support the Massey Challenge?
Fundraising through the Massey Challenge is more than just giving back in thanks for the care I received; it is about doing something positive. Cancer obviously is a negative thing—but every year when I travel to Richmond and run the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, it is a good day. It is a day to celebrate life and the positive changes that cancer unexpectedly has given me.
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