Rival schools come together to celebrate breast cancer survivors

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (13abc Action News) - On the field it was black and gold versus blue and white, but pink was the color of choice for many in the stands.

Partnering with Mercy Health Friday, the Perrysburg and Anthony Wayne communities came together to celebrate breast cancer survivors.

Robin Fritz, a sixth grade teacher at Fallen Timbers Middle School, was one of them. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer back in January.

"I wasn't going to let this beat me. I'm beating it," said Fritz of her battle with breast cancer.

Now undergoing final treatments, she says the support of those in the community helped her keep a positive outlook during a dark time in her life.

"It's fightable, it's beatable and we're going to do it together," said Fritz. "And events like this are even proof that so many people support us and care for us and are here for us, and I appreciate every one of them."

Fritz says she learned of her diagnosis after a routine mammogram.

It's something that Kadee Anstadt, Assistant Superintendent of Perrysburg Schools, says she wishes she'd regularly done to have caught her cancer sooner.

"I was ignoring my own health,"said Anstadt. "I was taking care of my dad and wasn't really paying attention to my own health."

Anstadt was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer more than two years ago right before a family vacation and her son's wedding.

"It was terrifying," said Anstad. "It was absolutely terrifying."

After surviving that scary time in her life, she now stresses the importance of regular exams so others can join her as survivors.

"Even if you're slightly suspicious, get in and get yourself checked," said Anstadt. "You can't take that for granted."