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Lumberton residents help community by celebrating breast cancer walk.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Almost a year-and-a-half ago, Dianne Bennett died from breast cancer.

Rather than questioning her mother's death, Rachel along with her sister-in-law Gloria decided to think positive and make a difference in the City of Lumberton.

"One night last August, Gloria and I decided we were going to do something, and we put together a walk and just honor women and see what came of it," said Rachel. "We were able to donate a thousand dollars to the cancer society. People locally just decided there was a need and kept pushing us, and so we intent to keep going as long as there's a need."

Thanks to all the support, the 2nd Annual Dianne Bennett Memorial Breast Cancer Walk was celebrated Saturday and continues to help residents in the community. Not only do Rachel and Gloria help patients with their needs, but Rachel also wants to help women avoid what her mother went through.

"My mom died because she put off diagnosis for a bunch of different reasons, but mostly financial," said Rachel. "Our main goal is to reach women who might put off diagnosis, show them their options, help them get their diagnosis, and help them get treatment."

For now, Rachel and Gloria thank the City of Lumberton and the businesses that show their support by having pink shoes in their windows.

Rachel looks forward to many more years of honoring the legacy of hope her mother began.

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