Breast cancer survivors take their battle to the boxing ring in 'Fight Mode'

This 'Fight Mode' group has grown from four participants to more than 25. (Photo: NBC News)
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SOUTHAMPTON, NY (WTHR) - We've heard many inspirational stories about the fight against breast cancer, and the strength in numbers that happens when survivors band together.

This one is different.

These women are meeting in the boxing ring.

"Fight Mode" is sponsored by Everlast, a brand synonymous for decades with professional boxing.

"I was 47 years old," said breast cancer survivor Vicki Durand.

"I actually ended up having three different lumpectomies," added survivor Susie Roden.

Now, both women and others are recovering or continuing the battle in an unusual place.

"I never thought that I would be in a boxing ring," said Moira Sabo.

The objective isn't just physical fitness.

"It's really good to punch something sometimes, and every time I do that it's like 'yes, I can knock this stuff out of my body or I can face what comes up," Durand said.

Roden, a two-time survivor, founded Fight Mode.

"I didn't think any man would ever fall in love with me because I had half a breast, and then one day I had the 'aha' moment. I decided I couldn't go on living in shame and embarrassment. I had to face the diagnosis and try to help others," she said.

The group has grown from four to 25.

"When you look around the ring and you see the other women at different levels box, you just feel energized by all of them," said Durand.

Everlast recently featured the women on their website.

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