Now she and her students are using their talents to fight the disease. Terri Robbins lets the art majors students at Central High School pick their own subjects to sculpt, but she can't resist giving hands on help.
Three years ago when Terri was being treated for breast cancer, she couldn't even stay away very long. She remembers, "I would sneak in the back door every now and then when I was feeling okay and just check on them and make sure things were going well."
Student Carly Maurer adds, "getting to know her was such an honor because she's such an amazing person. She's so dedicated and caring. She absolutely likes to help all the students and everyone here."
And the students have helped her, especially when she returned to school, after her treatment for breast cancer. "Kids would come in every morning, saying how are you feeling, genuinely concerned about how I was feeling and they kept me going," Terri says. "They've also sold t-shirts and other items in support of the fight against breast cancer .
Terri and her daughter have raised $10,000 in the past two years for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This year Terri is honorary chair person of the walk in Altoona.
"Helping other people has definitely helped to heal me and it takes your mind off of , oh poor, poor me and puts it on other people who need your help," she says.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Blair County takes place Saturday, October 13 at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona . Registration begins at 9:00am and the walk gets underway at 11:00.
The Bedford County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk takes place Saturday October 20th at the Bedford High School