To support traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez in her cancer battle, WKMG-Channel 6 is teaming with the American Cancer Society to present the Relay for Life of Apopka.

The race will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at Apopka High School. Sanchez's morning colleagues -- anchor Matt Austin, anchor Bridgett Ellison and meteorologist Troy Bridges -- will help begin the event. Other WKMG co-workers will attend the race, and the CBS affiliate will field a team called Local 6 Supports Jessica Sanchez.

"I believe partnering with the American Cancer Society is a great way for our viewers to not only support Jessica but all of those in Central Florida suffering and bravely fighting this disease," WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said in a statement.

The station announced March 16 that Sanchez has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and she has discussed her health through a station blog called "Let's Be Honest."

On April 9, Sanchez returned briefly to the WKMG morning news. She was bald, and she shared footage of her head being shaved because her hair had been falling out from chemotherapy. She declined to wear a wig after getting advice from Facebook friends.

"Everyone said, 'You know what? Your hair doesn't define you.' And I said, 'Oh, well, then I should start trying to live that,' " Sanchez said.

"It's just very therapeutic for me to be open about what I'm going through," she said. "I want to be able to show everyone that it's just hair, and I can do this, and I can be strong through this."