Columbia residents participate in first Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Columbia residents participate in first Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of people from the Marion County area hit the streets of Columbia Saturday to unite in the fight against breast cancer.

They marched from Main Street to Friendship Park as part of the inaugural "Breast Cancer Awareness Walk." It was organized by a local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Several cancer survivors spoke at the park. All proceeds and donations from the event went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

"I just feel like getting out here and letting everybody know and the young ladies know that to be able to detect (cancer) early is to save your life," said Kasandra Logan, a breast cancer survivor. "It's a life-saving event. I detected it early. I was only at a stage one when I found my own breast cancer and it saved my life."

"Forming a community event like this is very helpful," said Catherine Young, executive director of the Mississippi Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. "It brings awareness to the community and it also lets people know that there are survivors that are out there that have battled this disease and won."

Organizers also released balloons at the park, to honor cancers victims and survivors.