Special education teacher Debbie Ballard left school to launch a victorious fight against breast cancer, but the educator is back in school and leading a campaign to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
After teaching students with special needs for more about two decades, Ballard was forced to leave the classroom in December 2005 when she discovered a cancerous lump in her breast, the Daily Times reports.
Since returning the following fall, Ballard has rallied student support for the ACS fundraiser, Relay For Life. This year, Ballard helped raise $2,500 to assist the organization in continuing research and finding a cure for cancer.
Ballard attributes her defeat of breast cancer partially to a positive attitude.
"I never doubted that I would survive. I have a lot of things to do here that my kids could not do without me," the breast cancer survivor told the news source.
She added, "As a teacher, I think about things like this - the person who one day discovers a cure for cancer might be in this school."
Relay For Life takes place each year in about 5,000 communities throughout the U.S.