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Two time cancer survivor makes strides

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM)- Jewel Tucker is a well known woman on the Southern Miss campus. She's worked with four former presidents of the university and it's current leader, Martha Saunders.

Tucker is also a breast cancer survivor. She beat the disease twice and has been cancer free for the last 24 years. Because of that, she is a member of a campus group named "Southern Survivors."

"And they are all survivors and they are all breast cancer survivors and we meet periodically and we have our little entity and we welcome people who would like to join us," said Tucker.

On Saturday October 31st, Tucker is participating in the "Making Strides against Breast Cancer" 5-K walk at USM's Pride field.

"Well I'm hoping that once we do this, this is a trial run because it's the first and I believe it's going to be successful and with that success will come continuations of the same kind of walk every year," said Tucker.

Since Tucker works in a university environment, she wants the student body to take good care of their health and be aware of breast cancer.

"What they have to do is understand, they have to do their breast checks, they have to get their mammograms, they have to do the things that are necessary in order to survive," said Tucker.

She said it's imperative that women who find a lump or anything suspicious take swift action to have it examined and treated.

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