LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - At the corporate headquarters of Sanderson Farms in Laurel, a group of women are gearing up for October 23rd's Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk in Hattiesburg. In 2010, the event is expanding to include groups from Jones County. Carol Gibbes is a member of the Sanderson Farms team.
"It hits home with me because my grandmother passed away with breast cancer and I work with three survivors and that means a lot to me because it shows how they have a fought a good fight and they won the battle," said Gibbes.
One of the breast cancer survivors with the Sanderson Farms team is Lana Taylor. She has been free of breast cancer for nine years. "Early detection is the key. I think to any cancers, having your screenings, mammograms and testings and just staying on top of your appointments," said Taylor.
Taylor has been involved with the American Cancer Society for many years and now she's leading a Making Strides team of thirty fellow employees. According to Taylor, "I feel it gives hope even if you have not been touched by cancer. You have family members, you have friends, co-workers and it just gives hope that they too can be a survivor."
Funds raised through Making Strides target American Cancer Society breast cancer programs and disease research. Kelly Ellis is with the Pine Belt chapter of the American Cancer Society.
"There is nothing more passionate than a breast cancer survivor. I don't know what it is but these women and some men, because men are affected by breast cancer, they just rally behind the cause," said Ellis.
On Saturday, October 23rd, at Southern Miss's Pride field at 9AM, the Sanderson Farms team will rally with hundreds of people from across the Pine Belt in raising funds to support breast cancer patients and the work to find a cure.