BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Each year, thousands of people volunteer for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against cancer.
For one Bowling Green native, it became more personal when she received a diagnosis of her own.
"And she said, you know, you need to do this, this is something we feel strongly about and there's a couple of us that came together and decided to nominate you," said Lora Fisher, a cancer patient and volunteer.
In Janurary, she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma -- a rare form of bone cancer this is only found in about 200 people every year.
"When I got my diagnosis I said, I'm not going to give cancer any more of me, it's going to get a lot of my time, it's going to get a lot of my well-being, and feeling great. I'm not going to give it any more, I am going to face it head on and just go."
Lora recently had sugergy to remove a portion of her ribs, as well as part of her lung.
Although the tumor and evidence of cancer were removed, as a safety percaution, Lora will undergo eight more rounds of chemotherapy.
She said it is important to find time to do the things she has always enjoyed.
"My treatment requires me to be in the hospital for four to six days at a time, and I said, you know, I'm doing this, I'm in town, I'm some-what able, so I went, I went in my wheel-chair and I said I'm going to go, I'm going to enjoy it, and I'm not going to let cancer stop me."
For the past several years, Lora has decided much of her time to St. Jude Children's Hospital and Relay For Life, in hopes that others will do the same.
"As humans, we should all give to others. If that's one way I can give and do, then I am happy to do it."
Those who nominated her said Lora is setting a positive example for others to follow.
"She has never once let her diagnosis get her down and she has been the epitome of what everyone should be that's been diagnosed with cancer," said Kathy Crumpton.
Lora even created a blog, called "Fearless Through Faith" to share her story with other cancer patients.
The support she has received is overwhelming.
"The texts, phone calls, even comments on Facebook, have the biggest impact and help push me through along the way and the little words of encouragment as you go through it all are huge."
Lora has few words of encouragement for those facing similar battles.
"Don't let you challenges get you down. Think of ways to overcome those and to do better and what you can do to fight them. Don't let it beat you down. There are going to be those days where things aren't the best but you've always got to look at something further."
For the impact she has made and the role model she has become, we honor Lora Fisher as this this week's Hometown Hero.