Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

Thousands of people will walk all night Friday to raise awareness and to raise money to find a cure for cancer.

There are 140 teams out here who plan to walk all night long. More than 600 cancer survivors are here, beating everything from breast cancer to throat cancer to leukemia and more.

They are in the midst of the survivor's lap, and so is Dr. Heather Burch, a young mother who battled back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is here to tell other cancer patients, “You can do it too.”

Dr. Heather Burch is in the business of straightening teeth and perfecting smiles. But five years ago, as the wife and brand new mother was preparing to finish her orthodontics residency, she was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Heather had ignored night sweats and fever for months before her diagnosis. She would undergo eight weeks of chemo and six weeks of radiation as her husband Allen tried to stay positive and stay strong for her and the couple's new baby.

Heather has been in remission for about four years but she admits, she kept waiting for the cancer to come back. Not until her first Relay for Life in 2004 did she realize, perhaps, it wouldn't.