Breast cancer awareness is an every day event - - Jackson, MS

Breast cancer awareness is an every day event

PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lynn Stuart is a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed in 2010, she has beat it and has seen the disease take lives.

The Madison County woman understands why encouragement from those you love is needed.

"The support of the family is really critical, but that works both ways. I know in my case, I spent a lot of time trying to reassure my family that I would be OK."

Whether it is a wheel of healthcare questions, shirts, or hats, the Central Mississippi Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization wants to make an impact.

Stuart uses awareness events to bond with other survivors, share her story, and help others. She says there are always signs of hope.

"In speaking with others, one thing that I am able to relate to them, that helps me and them, it's not necessarily a death sentence anymore. For so many years we thought it was."

The local Komen foundation hopes to hit a home run with public partnerships and events such as Friday night's "Pink the Park" at Trustmark Park with the Mississippi Braves.

"It is not just in October, where national breast cancer awareness is normally mentioned, but we are breast cancer (awareness) year round," explains Interim Executive Director of the Central Mississippi Susan G. Komen organization Catherine Young.

Young says the organization will soon cover 65 counties in the state. 

"We definitely depend on donations. We like to let people know that 75% of every dollar that we raise stays here in the central Mississippi area to fund life saving mammograms to individuals that typically cannot afford it or they don't have health insurance," explains Young.

The other 25 percent goes to research.

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