From a story by Leann Pettit published in The Phoenix:
Thyroid cancer is something that is very close to Russo's heart, as she was diagnosed with the disease in November of 2008 during a routine gynecological exam.Xanthopoulos Russo is looking for sponsors.
Russo's doctor had recently begun doing neck checks of all patients as part of the regular examination. As Mrs. Pennsylvania International, Russo hopes to spread awareness of thyroid cancer in women and it is her intention to encourage all gynecologists to make the neck exam a regular part of the examination.
If Russo is crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania International, she will continue on to Chicago for the Mrs. International Pageant in July.
Russo says she has always had a desire to model, but never really got the chance.
Read the full story at The Phoenix Web site.