• Spruce Pine native and Fox Business Network anchor Gerri Willis, in front giving a thumbs up, with the Fox racing team in New York City. The team raised more than $21,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization.
    Spruce Pine native and Fox Business Network anchor Gerri Willis, in front giving a thumbs up, with the Fox racing team in New York City. The team raised more than $21,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization.

Willis receives ‘Impact Award’ from Susan G. Komen

Spruce Pine native raises more than $21,000 for breast cancer research

Spruce Pine native and Fox Business Network personal finance reporter Gerri Willis has been awarded the Susan G. Komen “Surviving the Impact” award.

Willis was chosen for the award after Fox News/Fox Business sponsored “Team Gerri” in the Susan G. Komen NYC Race for the Cure where she raised more than $21,000, which ranked in the top-10 donors.

Willis is a breast cancer survivor who has made it her mission to speak out about her diagnosis and urge women to be vigilant in getting screened for breast cancer.

“Susan G. Komen is a very well-known charity for breast cancer that tries to help women at the ground level,” Willis said. “I am so pleased and excited to receive this award for a cause that is obviously very close to me.”

Several months after having a mammogram Willis thought she was in the clear, according to an October 2016 interview with fellow Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto. When she later discovered a lump in her breast she went to physician and tests revealed she had lobular breast cancer, which represents 10-15 percent of breast cancer cases. Doctors also discovered the cancer was more advanced than they thought – stage three instead of early stage two.

Willis’ treatment included several surgeries, four months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation. In May 2017 she was declared cancer-free.

With her cancer now in remission, Willis said she is determined to spread awareness and tear down the stigma of being sick to help women regain their power, beauty and confidence when battling cancer.

The Susan G. Komen organization addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy, among others. Willis received the award Wednesday, May 23, in New York City. She is the second-straight TV newsperson to receive the award after former Good Morning America host, author, motivational speaker and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden received the award in 2017.

Willis credits her Fox News/Fox Business family for putting her in the position to win the 2018 Impact Award.

“I raised a lot of money primarily through Fox News,” she said. “I was out of work for nine months and when I told Fox about my diagnosis it wasn’t ‘When are you coming back?’ but it was ‘How can we help?’ That meant so much to me.”

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