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Amy Robach opens up about her new role at ABC and thriving after breast cancer

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. - Siouxland Women showed up in big numbers in support of scholarships for single parents.

Wednesday's United Way of Siouxland's Women's Power Lunch feature a big name who you see every morning on KCAU 9.

ABC's Amy Robach from Good Morning America headlined the 18th annual event. Amy has worked in broadcasting for 20 years and was just named new co-anchor of ABC's 20/20. 

She says this event pulled on her heart strings, because she was a single mom at one time and knows how important it is to have support.

Amy Robach says, "I do know what it feels like to have everything on you. I've always been solely financially responsible for my kids and just the pressure of that and knowing that you have to deliver everything - you're mom and dad - and so, I know what that feels like. I know the support that these women need and the encouragement and it's so incredible to see a community come together and support women, because women - we are the game-changers in so many ways."

We had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Amy as she talked about her journey as what she calls a breast cancer 'thriver' and her new assignment at 20/20.

Amy Robach says, "Well, it's very exciting and I wanted to let everyone know that I'm still going to be on Good Morning America, so I'm just adding to my duties, basically. Which, I'm always a glutten for punishment. I love what we do, I love journalism, I love telling stories, so it's exciting to me to get to do more of that [laughs]. More is better! So, yes, I was very excited about this. I've done several 20/20's, I love everyone at that part of our ABC family, and I'm just so excited to be a leader and drive content and have something and have a show that I'm headlining with someone that I love: David Muir. So, it's very exciting to add to my duties and I can't wait to get started."

Amy says, "Doing long-form story-telling is something I've always loved: I just recently [interviewed] Tonya Harding. That was a five hour interview - you saw two-hours - but I sat down with her for five hours. But I really love to do that - to go in deep and really connect with the person I'm interviewing and maybe get them to say something they weren't planning on saying, because it just kind of came out! The surprise of that and the excitement of that, and the art of that kind of interview, and it's a lot more fun to be able to put and hour together or two hours together versus three minutes. That's always the biggest challenge: having a three-minute piece on Good Morning America versus having an hour or two-hours to tell a complete story. Both are fun and exciting and I will still be on top of the breaking news, so I get to still do all of the things I love."

Jenna says, "What's your message for the Siouxland women who come here?"

Amy says, "Live like you're dying. I know that everybody faces a major challenge in their life at some point, but there are those of us who are facing death in a much more tangible way. As a cancer survivor and thriver, I have completely changed my life in the last four  years. In fact, what is today? April 25th? So, April 24th, four years ago - exactly four years ago - I finished my last chemo treatment. So, in those four years, I have evolved into the person I am today, and I'm continuing to evolve. But, I have  learned so many lessons about how to live and how to eat and how to do everything based on that experience. But I know so many people - in your viewing area and around the world - have to deal with this incidious disease, so I have a message of early detection, a message of taking care of your health, but also just living a better life."


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