She spends a lot of time on the phone, but this isn't Holly Dary's full-time job.
"I'm at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," Dary says.
Dary volunteers about 10 hours a week to help prepare for the Light the Night Walk, a 5K that raises money for cancer research and treatment. Dary was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010.
"I was 35 years old, and my daughter had just celebrated her first birthday," she says.
That was April. By July she was in remission, and she finished chemotherapy about a year later. At the walk, Dary will be carrying a white balloon, which means she's a blood cancer survivor.
Since her first walk years ago, Dary has raised more than $40,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is commonly known as LLS.
By calling her contacts and telling her story, she's raised almost $10,000 here in Central Texas alone. She says the interesting part about raising money in Texas is taking people back in time.
"I'm healthy and I'm cancer free, so people don't look at me as someone who's had Cancer," Dary says.
But there's a point she really wants to make.
"We've always viewed the Light the Night Walk and our fundraising not so much as giving back, but more like paying it forward," Dary says. "You never know when you're going to be in need of the research and the treatment that LLS and Light the Night Walk help to develop."
The society hopes to raise $1 million – almost $200,000 more than last year – at the Austin walk on Nov. 9.