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Cleveland landmarks light up for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

'Breast cancer doesn't have me; I have breast cancer,' Alice Santurri said. 'I am living with it; I am not dying from it.'

CLEVELAND — Alice Santurri has been living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer for the past six years. It's a type of breast cancer that is treatable, but not curable.

Despite the grim diagnosis, Alice continues to live the days she does have to the fullest.

"My days are limited, but my quality of life is wonderful," she said. "I'm not surviving, but I'm thriving." 

Alice's motto? Live life happy. 

"I feel like I have the secret to life: Don't sweat the small stuff." 

Oct. 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. To bring awareness to the disease and raise money for efforts in research, across the country landmarks will light up pink, green and teal for "Light up for MBC."

Here in Cleveland, Terminal Tower, the post office and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will light up. It's an effort that gives people living with MBC like Alice hope. 

"It gives me hope that the research is going to continue and that I'll continue to live and that my friends will continue to live," she said. "Breast cancer doesn't have me; I have breast cancer. I am living with it; I am not dying from it."

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