Holly Springs, N.C. — Sydney Batch, the Democratic candidate in state House District 37, said Monday that she will suspend her campaign for a few weeks after being diagnosed with early, non-invasive breast cancer, but she plans to remain in the race.

“While this is a diagnosis no woman wants to receive, I consider myself fortunate. Because of my access to health insurance, I was diagnosed early,” Batch said in a statement. “I will be able to take time off work and the campaign trail to recover. But many women would not be able to do so because they have to work and don’t have medical leave or vacation time. Worse still, others won’t receive treatment at all because they don’t have access to health insurance. And that is the reason I will continue our campaign.”

She said she expects to return to a full campaign schedule in October.

District 37 covers southern Wake County, including parts or all of Apex, Angier, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Willow Spring. The seat is currently held by Rep. Linda Hunt Williams, R-Wake, who recently announced that she was , effective at the end of this week.