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Our thoughts and prayers are with Maria Durant of ABC 6/ FOX 28 and anyone else who’s in the fight against cancer. According to FOX 28, women from across Central Ohio gathered for a special fundraising event Saturday, providing help and love to those who need it most. Among those honored at the Women’s Empowerment Fundraising Luncheon and Fashion Show was Maria Durant.

Back in May, Maria announced on ABC 6/FOX 28 a regular checkup found her breast cancer had returned. She’s been taking time off from ABC 6/FOX 28 after mastectomy surgery. She first beat the disease a little more than 12 years ago, and has been an advocate for early detection. While being honored at the luncheon, she once again stressed the importance of getting regular checks up and appropriate exams. “It’s that early detection – that’s why I’m here,” she told the crowd. “My cancer didn’t spread.”

The theme of the gathering this year was “Survive. Live. Thrive.” – something organizers say all these women are doing.

“It’s important we celebrate them and let them know that they have a community of women that are there for them,” organizer Dushan Johnson said.