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Mt. Juliet teen rebounds from breast cancer

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Ashley Roby underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy in February. Ashley Roby underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy in February.
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

A 15-year-old Mt. Juliet High School basketball player is Vanderbilt University Medical Center's youngest ever breast cancer patient.

Ashley Roby was just 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer.

On February 14 she underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy, with her family and her boyfriend, Jaelin, by her side.

"We went straight to Vanderbilt because I didn't understand any of it," Ashley's mother Kim said.

Since her operation, Ashley's initial scans have come back clear with no need for additional radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

During the process of coping with her cancer diagnosis and recovery, Ashley's boyfriend passed away suddenly in his sleep.

The teen's mother said her daughter has handled the obstacles thrown her way in the past year well. 

"She's helped me deal with it a lot," Kim said. "She's been very strong, so just her being strong has helped us all deal with it."

Last fall Ashley and her teammates competed in Sherry's Run.

Held each year, the 5K Run/Walk, started in memory of Sherry Whitaker who died of colon cancer in 2004, raises money for local cancer patients.

Roby is now on the receiving end.

On September 8 she will be the representative of the ninth annual 5K.

She told Nashville's News 2 she had no idea that in a year's time she would be a benefactor of the event.

"With Sherry's Run we have helped families with children before, but never a teenager like this, experiencing an adult cancer," said Sherry's Run director Kathy Fyke. "Ashley is the youngest breast cancer patient that Vanderbilt has ever had."

"Sherry's Run has been able to give us gas cards, pay rent and utilities. We would not have made it without Sherry's Run the past several months," Kim said.

To register or read more, visit SherrysRun.org.

Ashley is also preparing for breast reconstruction surgery later this summer.

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