LAUREL, MS - They fought the battle and won.
Breast cancer survivors in the Pine Belt shared their stories and offered advice during an event held by the Laurel Housing Authority in Laurel Friday.
Residents, community leaders and city officials were on hand at Brown Circle, recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages.
Survivors encouraged women to be sure to take those self-exams serious.
Faye Jackson, a breast cancer survivor, said that women need to know that breast cancer is serious but they do not have to face the diagnosis alone.
"When I first got cancer, it just knocked me down, but now my family, my friends, they all are supporting me." Jackson said, "So I feel that it's going to be okay and that's what other people need to know too. It's going to be okay, it's going to be okay."
During Friday's event, pink balloons were released and a walk for breast cancer awareness was held for those who attended.
If you want to schedule an appointment for a cancer screening, contact your local doctor.