ENGLEWOOD — Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, local Realtor and property manager Diana Legg has become a source of inspiration.
As a show of support, friends and family decided to wear a shirt with her adopted motto, “Fight like a girl” for an Aug. 3 photo shoot at Lemon Bay Park. Legg said she’s distributed more than 100 shirts from Englewood to as far as Colorado and Michigan.
Dana Lutz, owner of Thoroughbred Golf Carts, donated a golf cart for the shoot.
“I’ve known her for about seven years,” Lutz said. “She’s a wonderful person. I was devastated when I first heard (about her diagnosis). I wanted to do everything I could for her. She knows we’re there to support her.”
Lutz said she got herself and her daughters the “Fight like a girl” T-shirt.
“We wear them in support, and she’s happy whenever anybody wears the shirt,” she said. “We love Diana. She’s an amazing person.”
Lutz said 30 participated in the shoot, set up by Debbie Maki Photography.
Legg has seen support from all over the Englewood community with Relay for Life, the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation and the Placida Rotary Club. Lutz said of the 30 in the shoot, more than 20 will be a part of “Team Diana” at Relay for Life next year. Legg said there will be a team at the EACF event in February.
“(Diana) was the treasurer (of the Placida Rotary),” said Lou Long, president of the EACF and the Placida Rotary. “She was named to the board (of Placida Rotary) this year. She’s also a cancer warrior and (a) real active member of (the) Englewood Area Cancer Foundation.”
Long said Legg is still hard at work despite her diagnosis in May.
“We’ve rallied around her,” he said. “Whatever activity we have, she and her husband Steve are always around, even before she was diagnosed. She’s still working. Despite all her treatments, she still has a smile on her face. As a fellow cancer warrior, whenever we talk to each other, we know it’s each other’s best interest.”
Legg said the journey to fight the disease hasn’t been easy, with her recovery from surgery and chemotherapy.
“I was only able to withstand one chemo treatment,” she said. “I was supposed to have done four treatments over a seven-week period. I went toxic, but I recovered in a month.”
Legg opted for radiation treatment, which targets the affected area directly. Chemo, Legg said, affects the whole body.
“Chemo kills cancer and good cells,” she said. “It’s normal side effects that makes you susceptible to infection. Radiation treats the tissue itself. It isolates the affected area.”
“Diana Legg represents everything about the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation; that we never quit,” Long said.