ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "When I had heard from someone that had been a survivor for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years - that always just made my heart swell with hope," Tolbert said.
Teri Tolbert says she first walked at Relay for Life of Carter County in 2004 when her mother in law was diagnosed with cancer.
Three years later, her mother in law passed away and Tolbert was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.
"I determined at that moment it was going to be okay," Tolbert said. "I was going be healed and I was going to be a source of hope for other woman."
"Relay for Life is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to fight cancer," Fryer said.
Kelly Fryer walked her first relay with her parents, who were both diagnosed with cancer back in 1995.
Now she's one of Carter County's relay leaders.
"Losing my father in 1995 and my mother in 2005, it has been something that's been a part of my life," Fryer said.
Fryer's daughter, A sophomore at OU, also helped put on a relay event at the college two months ago.
"We raised $227,000," Murphy Fryer said. "It was the most money raised by a Relay for Life event ever in the state of Oklahoma."
Money raised at Relay funds research by the American Cancer Society.
Tolbert says that money can save lives.
"At the very least, they reduced my chances of recurrence. At most, they probably saved my life," Tolbert said.
Fryer says the proceeds raised in Carter County's Relay for Life also go towards supporting local cancer survivors who are given free wigs and rides to the Mercy Cancer center.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
A free dinner will also be provided to survivors and their care takers Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Garden Center.