Big strides to end breast cancer - - Jackson, MS

Big strides to end breast cancer

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Cheers of exhilaration rang out as teams of runners and walkers finished the physical fight to cross the finish line for the 14th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Various teams and individuals sporting fun outfits like pink tutu's fought through the fatigue of the race to honor the many who've lost their fight to breast cancer and others currently battling the disease.

"Linda is my aunt and like my second mother and she was diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago," explained "Race for the Cure" participant Sandy Havard.

Havard's aunt, Linda Mason was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. Saturday morning Mason watched on the sidelines as "Team Linda" and so many others hit the pavement to encourage her and let her know she's not alone.

"Oh it's just unbelievable how people have been so supportive not only in this, but when anyone finds out you have it your family and friends and people you don't even know show concern for you," Mason told WLBT News.

Governor Phil Bryant raced for the cure too. The Governor's mother-in-law has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice.

"She's a survivor, she's 90 years-old now and she's just a remarkable person very close to our heart," said Governor Bryant.

Speaking of survivors, Dr. Wilma Klopton, the president of the Central Mississippi affiliate of Susan G. Komen has been a survivor since 1998. She's helped with the race for several years; in part to encourage others.

"We're trying to make sure we have a survivor rate that increases and that is no longer something we are dreading," Dr. Klopton explained.

Several breast cancer survivors crossed the finish line. The youngest is a 34 year-old and the oldest is 71.

The majority of proceeds from the "Race for the Cure" will benefit Mississippians. The money helps provide breast health research, diagnostic screenings, treatment services and education for women without insurance.

For more information on the Susan G. Komen organization just go to

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