By Mike Springer
April 27, 2013
Medart, FL-Breast Cancer hit Patricia Carrico. The retired teacher had no history of Cancer in her family before she was diagnosed with the disease.
"It was scary, it was freighting. I had never gone through anything like," said Carrico.
She is one of the dozens of Cancer survivors sitting inside of Relay for Life of Wakulla's survivor tent. Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Organizers say a lot of the money raised locally goes to help local survivors like Carrico.
"We go through our daily lives and might complain about something like it's a little bit warm or paying a little too much for gas and then you come and see people who really have struggles and how they fight through their battles and they just are very inspirational," said Relay organizer, Kristin Dow.
Carrico found the inspiration to fight on from her church group and through her family and friends from Relay.
"Could you have done it without them?," asked the reporter.
"Not without them and not without my family," she said.
For those battling Cancer, Carrico has this advice:
"Don't give up. If you're diagnosed with Cancer, don't give up."
Carrico says she has been Cancer free for about a year now.