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AT&T's Cynthia Marshall upbeat on video

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Cynthia Marshall, the AT&T executive and N.C. Chamber official who is battling cancer, delivered a message to the chamber's annual meeting this morning:

"I will see you very soon."

Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina, conveyed the message in a 4-minute video she recorded for the chamber's annual meeting in Durham.

Wearing a bright red business suit, she told the chamber members that she's been "pretty lively in the chemo clubhouse," a reference to her interactions with her fellow patients and nurses.

The video showed her blowing kisses to her chamber colleagues and expressing gratitude for support she has received since announcing her diagnosis eight weeks ago.

As the chamber convened for its 69th annual meeting, she said, she was scheduled to attend her fourth round of chemotherapy treatment.

Marshall, who lives in Cary with her husband and their three teenagers, took indefinite medical leave in January to focus on her fight against colon cancer. She is the first black executive to chair the state chamber's board of directors, a term that concluded today.

She was promoted to run AT&T's North Carolina operations in 2007 and soon became a fixture in the state's business establishment. She has served on various nonprofit boards and has been in demand as a public speaker.

Marshall filmed her message Friday at the chamber's Raleigh office. The idea came up as chamber officials planned the annual meeting and reflected Marshall's desire to remain involved, said chamber spokeswoman Erica Baldwin.

The chamber is the statewide business lobbying group.

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John Murawski has been a full-time newspaper reporter since 1991, with stints at Legal Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (both in Washington, DC), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Palm Beach Post (in South Florida) before arriving at the N&O in December 2004. At the N&O he covers energy (nuclear, coal, renewable, efficiency), hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), public utilities and health care. His beat includes PSNC Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy Progress, PowerSecure International, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Biogen Idec and others. He has also contributed more than 30 book reviews on topics spanning botany, history, science and religion. You can reach him at 919-829-8932 or e-mail him.