In 2000, the year that Sharon Peacock was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was asked to participate in Relay for Life. However, as she was still undergoing treatment, she did not yet feel like a survivor and decided not to participate, according to the BrewtonStandard.com.
But, in the years since, Peacock has become involved in the event, which works to promote cancer awareness and benefits the American Cancer Society.
This year, Peacock, a biology instructor at Jefferson Davis Community College, was instrumental in organizing the walk in her area.
"What we do with Relay is raise money that helps fund research to find a cure for cancer," Peacock told the news provider. "Funding through the years had helped to create better imaging and technology for finding and diagnosing cancer early. It has already helped develop new drugs that give us hope."
Relay for Life has been an annual event since 1985. Communities can organize teams of volunteers to walk or run around the track for 24 hours - at least one member from the team must be on it at all times. Volunteers ask friends and family to pledge money for the cause, which raises money for American Cancer Society.