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Cancer Survivor to Take on Marine Corps 10K

A cancer survivor from Virginia plans to run the Marine Corps 10K Sunday just a couple of years after she could barely walk.

“In 2016 I was diagnosed with a type of cancer called liposarcoma,” said Miranda Johnson of Crystal City.

The rare cancer was in her thigh, and to remove the tumor, doctors had to remove a large chunk of muscle.

“My leg kind of looked like it had a shark bite in it,” Johnson said.

“I just sat there and looked at it and cried for a really long time,” she added.

She was recovering a year later when on her 24th birthday she learned the cancer came back even stronger.

“I think there’s always the question, Why me?” she said. “Why is this happening to me?”

Now Johnson’s cancer free and working at the non-profit Cancer Support Community, helping others like herself.

She’s worked her way back to running and she hopes running the Marine Corps 10K will show other survivors anything is possible.

“If they can feel less alone in the process, then that would mean the world to me,” Johnson said.

She said she hopes to some day run a marathon.

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