Willis leads fight against breast cancer at NYC Race for the Cure
NEW YORK – The 28th annual Race for the Cure events took place this past weekend and again, FOX News and FOX Business Network sponsored “Team Gerri,” which tripled the earnings from this past year by bringing in more $75,000 for the cause.
Fox Business Network anchor Gerri Willis was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in April 2016 and has made it her mission to speak out about her diagnosis to urge women to be vigilant in getting screened. Now in remission, Willis is determined to not only spread awareness but to tear down the stigma of being sick and help women regain their power, beauty and confidence when battling cancer.
Despite rainy weather on race day Sunday, Willis received an outpouring of support from her Fox News and Fox Business Network colleagues including Bill Hemmer, Sandra Smith, Melissa Francis, Lauren Simonetti and Liz Claman, who all showed up with their friends and families to participate in the race.
Leading up to the race, Willis was a fixture on FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network programming, appearing on virtually every show to help spread awareness for the cause.
Willis was the recipient the Susan G. Komen “Surviving the Impact” award in 2017 after Fox News/Fox Business sponsored “Team Gerri” in the Race for the Cure where she raised more than $21,000, which ranked in the top 10 donors.
Willis’ mother, Betty Huskins Conley, and father, the late Gene Willis, are Mitchell County natives. Conley still lives in Mitchell County and Gene was from Rebel’s Creek. Her aunt, Shirley, and uncle, Ken Suddreth, also still live in Spruce Pine.