When Pam Hartshorn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she didn't take it lying down. She vowed to fight the disease and inspire others, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Hartshorn told the news source that her breast cancer was discovered during her yearly mammogram. She said that up until then, she had no symptoms and had no idea that something may be wrong. She encourages women to get a yearly mammogram as she credits that with saving her life.
She is now cancer free, and is giving back to her community the only way she knows how - by volunteering.
For the past four years, Hartshorn has been active with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Survivor's Committee, helping plan the survivor's dinner and assisting with the registration booth.
"Being able to help means so much to me," Hartshorn said to the news source.
The ACS recommends women over the age of 40 have an annual mammogram and consult their physician on their breast health. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.