Join the battle against breast cancer
The Center for Disease Control reported that as of its most recent data, from 2009, 127 out of every 100,000 women in Louisiana are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
In 2013 alone, the American Cancer Society estimates that 650 women will die from the disease.
Cancer is a disease that claims millions of lives each year. The victims come from all walks of life: young and old; rich and poor; and from all races and cultures.
But breast cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer. Even though the disease is synonymous with women, thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease each year as well. Because so many people are affected, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Jeff Davis Parish has the chance to make a difference in the lives of those have died or are living with breast cancer. Locals also have the chance to work to eradicate the disease altogether.
One way to help this month is by joining or supporting the fourth annual Melissa Doise Hope for the Miracle 5K Breast Cancer Race/Walk, which returns to the City of Jennings at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. All proceeds from the event benefit the Melissa Doise Hope for the Miracle Foundation, which funds care packages for JDP breast cancer patients as well as informational and educational materials about the disease. Runners and walkers can register online at doisemiraclerun.com or on the day of the race. Even if you are not able to lace up your racing shoes that day, you can still donate to the foundation, knowing the money helps friends and neighbors in need within the parish.
Another way to fight cancer is by joining or donating to the annual Jeff Davis Parish Relay for Life, which returns to Lake Arthur in May 2014. Relay for Life raises thousands of dollars each year to further cancer research; provide education on the disease; and assist cancer patients. You can help by forming a team; joining an existing team; or simply donating to an individual or team participating in the event. For more information, visit relayforlife.org.
We have all been touched by cancer in some way. Many of us have been affected by breast cancer. This month, vow to make a difference in the lives of its survivors and to help find a cure.
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