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Roz Varon to host breast cancer special on WLS-Channel 7


VARON Roz RGB SM email[1].jpgRoz Varon, ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 traffic/transportation anchor and a three-year breast cancer survivor, hosts "Faces of Strength," a special about breast cancer survivors, that airs Thursday at 10:35 p.m. on Channel 7. Among the breast cancer survivors who will share their stories on the show are Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and Susan Axelrod, president of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy and wife of David Axelrod, advisor to President Barack Obama. Lloyd Gordon, an 80-year-old restaurant consultant. will talk about the stigma he faced as a man with breast cancer.

Varon was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in the summer of 2006, and during the WLS special cameras show her experiences with targeted-therapy treatment and CT scans that are now routine for her. Holly Grisham and Varon are the producers of "Faces of Strength."


Hi Roz,
I have just finished whatching Faces of Strenght.And your personal story made me realize there really is hope for me as well. I too, was diagnosed May 6, 2009. The worst day of my life. when I heard the news. I immediately felt lifeless. Then a week later or so, I was told I was HER2 positive,and in stage 2, and just when I thought there would be no more bad news. the breast Cancer cells traveled to another part of my body. So that was it for me. I wanted no more bad news, So I decided to go to Rush in Chicago.
And that is where I was told I could go on to live many many years. And also where I saw you on the elevator. And asked you if you were Roz.
You were with your camera guy. I wanted so badly to ask you about your bout with Breast Cancer. But I didn't want to bother you. But I just wanted to say Thank you so much for sharing your story. you really gave me more hope, for the future.

Sincerly Debi Taylor

I too, am a Cancer Survivor(NHL), who just met Roz Veron this past Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Rush's Cancer Survivor Celebration. She was kind enough to stop and take a picture with me.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year, and am currently in the middle of chemo therapy. Every morning I turn on Channel 7 to watch you and then see Robin Roberts on GMA. Seeing the two of you has given me strength to make if through the tough days. I have lots of support from friends and family, but just seeing two strong survivors helps each day. Thank you.


K. Moutvic

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