But here at home there's an army of unsungs heroes overcoming their own obstacles in their quest to survive breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society says breast cancer kills nearly 40,000 women each year, and this year old nearly 200,000 new cases will be.
It is the most common form of cancer in women.
Survivors say they wouldn't be alive if it weren't for early detection, the support of their family, and faith.
"I knew that I had a whole lot of ball games and proms and a lot of weddings. Things that I wasn't planning on missing," survivor Brenda Pierce said.
"When you get cancer it gives you an opportunity to live life better than what you've done...We've had probably the best time of our lives," Betty Sorrels said.
"I also remember when I saw that first strand of hair how I felt just really good about it because I knew it was coming back," Lenore Surry said.