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Cancer survivor gets surprise from Susan G. Komen

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A cancer survivor got a big surprise this weekend from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Donna Tarver, 33, was having a "wig-out" party when she was surprised by Susan G. Komen board members and KNOE cameras to be awarded "Survivor of the Year."

Two years ago Tarver was diagnosed with breast cancer. With chemotherapy and her huge support system in tow, she was cancer free within a year.

"We thought it was all good from that point, that we were done with it," says one of Tarver's friends, "She was good, she was cured, she'd been cancer free for almost a year. Three days shy of being cancer free for a year then it all came back."

The cancer has spread, and exactly three weeks before Saturday's party, doctors gave Tarver only three weeks to live.

"You got to either let it get you or you take control," says Tarver, "and I'm not going to let it get me."

Donna Tarver continues to fight for her life, friends, husband and two-year-old baby girl.

"She asked me the first time I saw her in the hospital 'Why are you upset?' and I was like, are you kidding me," says another member of Team Tarver, "she said, 'Oh, I got this!' Well, if I had known you had it, then I wouldn't be upset in this first place."

It's that positive attitude that got Tarver the title of Survivor of the Year and that inspires so many.

"You can survive anything," says Tarver, "Cancer was very hard, but I'm a survivor, anybody can survive it."

Team Tarver is hosting a benefit auction to help with medical expenses at 2pm on May 18th at Portico in Monroe.

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