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BONHAM, TX -- Hundreds of Texomans hit the streets to help win the battle against breast cancer, running in a race in honor of one victim and to support those still fighting. 

It was a morning six years ago when Sherman resident Amanda Ashlock discovered something that changed her life.

"I did the test in the shower, just your normal test, and I felt a lump and I was like, no it's nothing to worry about and then I thought, well it's still there, I better go get it checked out and I'm glad I did because it was cancer," says Ashlock.

It is the same disease -- breast cancer -- that she watched kill a friend named Susan Hicks. "She was 47 when she was diagnosed, and died at the age of 50," says Hicks' friend LuAnn Daniel.

"It's very important for us to keep her memory alive and she would be pleased that we're helping people, because a lot of people helped her during her three years of struggle," says Hicks' sister-in-law Deborah Green.

Hicks' battle inspired Daniel, who met her volunteering with the Relay for Life in Fannin County -- which supports the American Cancer Society -- to start a new organization to help women with breast cancer.

"She was a little late on her yearly mammogram, maybe six months and it was caught fairly early, but still they weren't able to get it under control," says Daniel.

Hicks, a Bonham resident who most recently worked at the state prisons, died in 2010. Two months later, Daniel, a longtime radiologist, started a new non-profit, Women Rock.

Hicks' family set up a table and her grandkids were at the run, which went through Bonham on Saturday morning.

As for Ashlock, after six years of treatment including surgery, she says feels good, but will have to continue watching her health. "She has to wear the sleeve and we have to do a machine every night for lymph nodes to keep them from swelling and it's just a long process," her husband Todd Ashlock says.

Amanda Ashlock, who also volunteered with Relay for Life, says she counts herself as a survivor, and will keep going, with Hicks' struggles in her memory. "She was a fighter, I believed in her, so she pushed me to go over the finish line today," says Ashlock.

More than 600 people including a group from Cigna turned out for the run, raising funds for Women Rock which gives free mammograms to those who cannot afford it, Daniel said. KTEN was proud to be one of the sponsors of the event.