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"Making Strides" benefits breast cancer research

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The grounds of the state capitol are filled with pink Saturday morning; lots of smiles and good cheer for those touched by the ordeal of breast cancer.

"We've had hundreds of people come out this morning, it's been energizing, it's been a great day," says Cassandra Mallett, one of the organizers.

People are walking in the "Making Strides for Breast Cancer" event, in remembrance of a loved one.

"My mom. This is her picture," says Laura Durr of Harrisville, as she shows us a snapshot of her mom attached to her shirt. "She was diagnosed 6 1/2 years before January 20, 2003, when she passed away."

Others come in support of those who lived to tell their story.

Participants come out in whimsical costumes to draw attention to the serious subject. One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer. Although death rates are decreasing, it's still one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women.

"I am a survivor," says Felicia George of Jackson. "In 2004 in the month of February was when I found out I had breast cancer. I did chemo and radiation, I had a mastectomy. It's a good thing, everyone out here walking. It makes you feel you have so much support during this time."

"I'm out here walking with my wife, Marti Spaulding," says Walter Spaulding of Clinton. "She was just diagnosed with breast cancer in January."

Marti explains that she missed a mammogram several years ago. "The year 2010 when I had he mammogram, that's when we found I had breast cancer. It's important to have mammograms every year," she says.

The 5-k walk is put on each year by the American Cancer Society. At last check, the just over $78,000 had been raised. 

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