Cunningham kicks cancer, finishes triathlon
by Emily Boorstein, Assistant News Editor,Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal -- emboorstein@mdjonline.com
Aug 20, 2014 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Carletta Cunningham, 42, of Austell, Ga., formerly of Cadiz, prepares for the 13-mile bicycle course during last Sunday’s Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon. Cunningham had already completed the 400 yard swim in Lake Allatoona and, after the bike ride, would run a 5K.</i>
Jeff Stanton/Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal

Carletta Cunningham, 42, of Austell, Ga., formerly of Cadiz, prepares for the 13-mile bicycle course during last Sunday’s Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon. Cunningham had already completed the 400 yard swim in Lake Allatoona and, after the bike ride, would run a 5K.

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Editor’s note: This story was published in a recent edition of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal and is reprinted here with permission.

Almost exactly a year after starting her first chemotherapy treatments, Carletta Cunningham of Austell, Ga., formerly of Cadiz, crossed the finish line of the Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon.

An avid tennis player who works for IBM in sales management operations, Cunningham was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2013.

“You always remember where you were, what you’re doing,” she said. “I was at work at my desk and when the doctor called — I’ll never forget his exact words — he said, ‘We found a little cancer.’”

She said the words “little” and “cancer” should never be in the same sentence. She called her family and friends, but the gravity of the news didn’t sink in right away.

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