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Cancer Survivor is Now a Boxer

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A local woman survives two types of cancer and is now taking her fight to the boxing ring. Dawn Maxwell was diagnosed with ovarian and endometrial cancer four years ago. She then underwent 6 months of chemotherapy and as soon as her doctor cleared her she put on her boxing gloves and got into the ring.

Maxwell says, "I think cancer is where I first learned to fight. I mean I had to fight for my life and that moved into the rest of my life."

Boxing coach John Ganley says Dawn is an inspiration for everyone else. He says, "She's there all the time. She works hard and she never says,  'I can't come in.'"

And Dawn says sometimes getting enough energy to box is very, very tough. She says, "Chemo really drains you, even after your recovering, your'e still really tired."

But Dawn does come in, religiously, every Tuesday and Tursday. Coach Ganley says this is just part of who Dawn is. He says, "Her personality just draws you in and you watch her work and it makes you work harder."

Her fight against cancer and her fight in the ring make Dawn Maxwell someone everyone can look up to. Dawn says only one in four woman survive ovarian cancer. She says she will continue to box as she works to achieve all her fitness goals.