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Jackson 10/18/08

Thousands participate in 5K walk against breast cancer

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Thousands make strides in Jackson today in the fight against breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society's familiar pink ribbons could be seen in and around the Mississippi Ag Museum. The 5K walk attracted people from across the metro Jackson area.

Byram resident Andrea Wilson is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with the illness at age 31. Now she is a part of the American Cancer Society's National Campaign. Wilson's family members were walking on her behalf.

Nearly everyone participating is touched by the disease in some way.

Valonda Watts' niece is breast cancer survivor "She's also featured on the nutri grain bar which is located at all grocery stores, and also she has an upcoming event on next weekend, October 25th in Memphis where she's unveiling the Nascar Breast Cancer car."

One hundred fourty such walks are being held across the nation. Five hundred thousand walkers across the country collected more than $50 million dollars last year.

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