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Army chef who overcame breast cancer runs in the Susan G. Komen 'Race for the Cure'

Army chef overcomes breast cancer, prepares to run Susan G. Komen 'Race for the Cure' (ABC7)

It's the sweetest job at the Pentagon.

"I love decorating. I've been doing it for a long time," said Staff Sgt. Rose Picard, a breast cancer survivor.

Sgt. Picard decorates cakes and prepares the pastries, not for visitors, but for generals and their guests. She has a team of top chefs, who know life is not all sugar.

Here, she has a team of top chefs -- who know life is not all sugar.

"I found a lump and I told my NCO about it. And he just really encouraged me, you need to see a doctor," said Sgt. Picard.

Sgt. Picard was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. If you need proof she's army strong, she enlisted at the age of 39, after having three kids.

The army may have prepared her for breast cancer.

"I had a lumpectomy first and the margins were too close and so then I had a mastectomy after that," said Sgt. Picard.

Nine months after her last round of chemotherapy and radiation, she's running and preparing for the Komen Race for the C.ure.

Sgt. Picard suffered some nerve damage, so her feet hurt. But she keeps going when she and her colleagues take off their uniform, which includes a pink ribbon, and puts on running clothes.

"It takes a team to really come together and make it happen. She provides us that strength," said Sgt. 1st Class Donna Alston, U.S. Army.

"We're a small family. We all come from different places, but when it comes to the army and being with each other we treat each other as family," said Staff Sgt. Armando Hernandez, U.S. Army.

Coming back from breast cancer to run more than three miles deserves a salute.

The team will run in the Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 7.

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