Merit Health Wesley holds balloon release to remember victims of breast cancer

Merit Health Wesley holds balloon release to remember victims of breast cancer

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About two dozen people were on hand at the walking track of Merit Health Wesley Hospital to share a moment in the day to remember victims of breast cancer.

Balloons were sold for $2 a piece at the gift shop. Many of those who bought the balloons wrote names of loved ones who have gone through breast cancer.

"I wanted to do something special,"  said gift shop manager and breast cancer survivor Sheila Easterlin. "We have had a lot of fundraising, and we are at the end of the month and I wanted to pink the sky up with pink balloons today. These are in honor and in memory of all of us who have been through cancer or haven't survived."

About 80 balloons were released in all.

"It's such a tough journey, and I have a support group here and several of them are with us today and it is such an honor to be here with them," Easterlin said "It's a fight but we made it."

Carla Kyzar works for the American Cancer Society as the Senior Community Manager. "This is one of our biggest months," Kyzar said. "Breast cancer touches almost everybody and breast cancer survivors are so passionate."

All of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

The Merit Health Cancer Support Group hopes to hold the event again next year.