Hattiesburg issues proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Hattiesburg officials, city employees and the wife of mayor Johnny Dupree are hoping you will learn more about breast cancer. Friday morning, they gathered at City Hall to speak about the importance of being aware of the disease and to celebrate those who have survived it.

After reading a proclamation from Mayor Dupree declaring October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, more than one dozen pink balloons were released to remember those affected by breast cancer.

Among those releasing a balloon was Mayor Dupree's wife, Johniece, who is a breast cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed in 2008.

"We can beat it, the cancer won't beat us," said Dupree. "We can beat it, if we catch it in time. I just stress that. Early detection is so important," she said.

Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Southern Miss will host an annual walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

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