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Cate Edwards brings message of hope to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A leading advocate in the fight against breast cancer will soon be calling San Diego home.

Cate Edwards is an attorney, just like her mother Elizabeth Edwards. Her father is former senator John Edwards.

In June, she and her husband will be moving to America's Finest City.

"I've been to California many times. I've never lived here. So, it's an exciting adventure. My husband's from California though, so he's sort of my guide," Edwards said.

It won't be long before she makes the big move from the East Coast. A Harvard-educated attorney, Cate plans to expand her law firm to San Diego while her husband starts a new job in La Jolla.

"My husband is a surgeon and he's got a fellowship in thoracic surgery at UCSD, so we'll be moving out here in June," she said.

The 32-year-old worked on her father's presidential campaigns in 2004 and 2008. But John Edwards' political career ended in scandal with news of an extramarital affair. His marriage ended when he admitted to fathering a child with his mistress. All that, while Cate's mother Elizabeth was battling advanced stage breast cancer.

"For my mom, she had her up days where she was really positive and upbeat. She had plenty of those. And they outnumbered the down days. But she certainly had down days," Edwards said.

Since her mother's death in 2010, Cate has worked to support women with advanced breast cancer. She's the ambassador for the Count Us, Know Us, Join Us campaign.

"It's a difficult diagnosis, and it's really important for women who are in that position to seek counseling, seek help, seek a community," she said.

Advanced breast cancer is incurable, but help is available.

"'Count Us' has put together a web site called advancedbreastcancercommunity.org, which is a great pool of resources," Edwards said.

Now, Cate is planning on bringing her message of hope to San Diego, along with her mother's legacy of resilience and strength.

"Women living with advanced breast cancer are doing just that, they're living," she said.

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