The 2012 Franklin County Relay for Life Hero of Hope is Sylvia Peterson, center. Peterson was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day in 1995. She has participated in the Franklin County Relay all 17 years and trained a team captain at CG Power Systems before her retirement in 2012. Since her remission, Peterson’s mother and brother both were diagnosed with, and have lost their battles with cancer. Peterson told her story during the Relay kickoff meeting Monday, Feb. 18. With her are the 2013 relay chair Wendy Wildberger, left, and co-chair, Karla Frank. Missourian Photo.