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Alcorn State hosts breast cancer awareness walk, health screening

The Alcorn State University Extension Program, in observance of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recently partnered with the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to sponsor a breast cancer awareness health fair and walk at Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus. The event took place Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the local community participated in free health screenings for blood pressure and dental care, as well as information on various illnesses, medications and health procedures. Each participant was asked to place a pink rose petal on the “Tree of Life,” a poster that will be on display throughout the month in remembrance and support of those who battle the disease.

“Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on top of everything,” Willie Parker-Green, a two-time breast cancer survivor and retired educator from the Jefferson County School District said. “Go on with your life. Everything is going to be alright.”

As she reflected on her journey, she encouraged anyone who may have been diagnosed to worry less and have faith.

After touring the vendors and taking part in a raffle of prizes, attendees gathered at the parking lot across from the complex for the walk/run.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported and helped to put this event together,” Jacqueline Ford, program field coordinator, Alcorn State University Extension Program, said. “We pray that even more individuals will join us next year in order to keep hope, faith and love alive in the fight against breast cancer.”

 

This article was written by Alcorn State’s Renita Lacy.