(NEWS CENTER) — Maine's Tri for a Cure attracts more than one thousand participants each year. All of the women are swimming, biking and running towards the same goal -- to create a cancer free state.

For one woman, this race means even more than that. As she approached the finish line of beating cancer, Jess Jordan tragically lost her mother -- someone who was by her side through the entire fight. Jess did not give up then and as you'll see, she surely is not giving up now.