01:33 PM EDT 10/22/2013

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Miss Arizona Contestant Battles Rare Cancer

Miss Arizona Contestant Kristina Anderson Battling Rare Ovarian Cancer

Originally posted 10/16/2013 04:30PM

A lot of cancer patients set goals when they're going through chemotherapy, but Kristina Anderson is pushing herself to do something out of the ordinary.

The 25-year-old is competing in the upcoming Miss Arizona pageant.

Anderson, who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in July, tells Today.com, "I thought it would be a really good distraction."

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