HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On October 23rd, participants in the second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will fill the Southern Miss campus.
They all have a shared goal in mind and that is to make a contribution to help the American Cancer Society celebrate more birthdays. Kelly Ellis is the Development Representative for the Pine Belt chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Ellis said, "Not only is it a fundraiser, but it's also an awareness event and we are trying to get the word out about screenings, self exams."
Money raised through Making Strides funds patient support programs, lobbying efforts on behalf of cancer issues and research that has made a significant impact in how breast cancer is detected and treated.
According to Ellis, "The American Cancer Society actually funded the researcher who developed the mammogram so that is something we are very proud of."
Ellis said community members not involved with a specific team can still join Making Strides.
"They can walk as an individual, they don't have to have a team to participate. There will be a registration tent in the middle of the field and they can just walk up and register the day of the walk, and give a donation and come participate," said Ellis.
Saturday's 5-K walk is non-competitive and people of all abilities are encouraged to take part. Registration for the walk starts at 8 AM Saturday at Southern Miss's Pride field.