LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Sue Abney's life changed in 2011.
"About the week before Christmas and they told me the dreaded words you have breast cancer," Abney said.
Now almost two years later, she is cancer free and wants to help others battling the same disease.
"I want to give back to the community because the community was so good to me," Abney said.
Abney joined hundreds of other cancer patients, survivors, and family members at the third annual Carry the Torch walk Sunday. The 2.5 mile walk, put on by the Community Cancer Network, helps people living with cancer with daily activities whether it's finding a wig or getting a ride from a volunteer to and from doctor's appointments.
"What I always like to say is that we're not medical, but we really do save lives because if they can't get to their treatment they can't get better," CCN outreach coordinator Lori Miller said.
Miller knows what it's like to need help with non-medical needs like buying groceries.
"They're just paying medical bills and trying to survive and I'm a survivor myself, so I understand the perspective of the client," Miller said.
"They gave me a wig. They gave me a couple of scarves," Abney said about her experience with CCN. "They did lots of things that really make a difference."
Miller said all of the money raised at the Carry the Torch walk will make a difference in Tippecanoe and 11 surrounding counties.
"Cancer has touched everyone's life in one way or another whether you're a survivor or a loved one of some one who has been through it," Miller said.
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