HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Pine Belt woman is celebrating her birthday today, but she's doing things up a little differently with a little help.
Cathrine Herron is turning 61-years-old, but instead of a regular party, she decided to throw a benefit concert at the Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg.
"In October of last year, the lord laid it on my heart to give back to cancer because I had so many family members that gained their wings from cancer," Herron said.
It was a musically filled night with songs and worship. There was even a memorial for those who gained their wings to cancer, and to those who are still fighting the fight and those who won.
There was also a special guest appearance. Vicki Yohe, a famous gospel singer, songwriter, and worship leader, made a special appearance at the event.
" I love Vicki Yohe and I listened to all her music and then she started coming on Facebook, and so I thought okay I'm going to reach out," Herron said. " I don't know if I'm going to get a response or not but I'm going to reach out, and she agreed to come."
"My mother passed away from cancer," Yohe said. "She had cervical cancer, and so when she reached out to me, we went back and forth and I said let's work it out. So, I turned over to my office and said let's do it."
Herron says that she wants to continue fighting for cancer research, and plans to do the event again in the years to come.
"We were blessed to have so many people to donate," Herron said. " We had so many businesses to donate. I'm so proud of Hattiesburg, and how they've shown that love and concern. So, I don't know how much it's going to be, but whatever it is it's going to be turned over to the cancer society."