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Breast cancer survivor thanks family, friends and positive thinking

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Breast cancer is a disease that affects many people but thousands beat it every year. One Richland woman is one of those lucky women.

Laurie Swindler is a mom and wife with a strong passion for motorcycles. In September 2009 she had to put her rides on hold when she was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram.

"It was a little scary," says Laurie Swindler, breast cancer survivor. She says her first thoughts were not of herself but of her 25 year old daughter. With the support of her daughter and husband those thoughts quickly took a new road.

"My husband and I were both extremely positive never think negative," says Swindler.

Laurie tells KNDU her positive thinking got her through. One month after she was diagnosed she had surgery.  Today , her cancer is completely gone.

"It's a year out so we're all pretty good now and cancer-free," says swindler.

Now her positive thinking is taking on a new road. "I'm back to riding and we have my own motorcycle," says Swindler.

To celebrate Laurie's year of being cancer-free her coworkers are having a trunk show on the 29th at the Center Vision and Contact Lens Clinic in Kennewick to raise money for breast cancer research.