BLACKTOWN resident Diane Cohen became a Cancer Council Pink Ribbon Day volunteer about two years after successfully beating breast cancer.
She is now in her 17th year of raising money to combat the disease and will be at Westpoint Shopping Centre on Friday, October 19.
Mrs Cohen knows the effects of breast cancer, having been diagnosed with the disease in 1993.
She was shocked and devastated and attributed the support from friends and family made the experience much easier.
"My family did not have a history of cancer and I never [thought] it [would] happen to me," she said.
"Having raised $1775 in 2011 I know that every dollar raised means more money for research, prevention, education, health services and support."
Mrs Cohen's message to the community is "if something doesn't feel right or you feel ill, go and see your doctor".
The organisation is still seeking volunteers to sell Pink merchandise this Pink Ribbon Day at Blacktown train station and Seven Hills Shopping Centre on October 19.
A spokeswoman said Pink Ribbon Day is fun, worthwhile and a great way to meet new people and help grow hope for a cancer-free future.
To register as a volunteer visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au/volunteer or contact Elissa, firstname.lastname@example.org or 9334 1436.