Walk raises breast cancer awareness

Published 1:40 pm Saturday, October 20, 2012

Breast Cancer awareness walk heads down Cedar Street. Attendees wore pink and blue shirts bearing the theme for the event, "With God, all things are possible."

Cancer survivors, those who have lost someone to disease and other community members turned out early Saturday morning for the annual Christian Chapel Baptist Church breast cancer awareness walk.

The walk began at 7 a.m. at the Demopolis Board of Education and continued down Cedar Street to East Washington Street and ended at Christian Chapel.

Afterward, participants convened at the church for breakfast, door prizes and informative speakers.

Shatania Issac presents Jeanette Johnson with a token of recognition for her work planning the cancer walk.

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Also a part of the program was a survivor’s tale by 20-year-old Leah Price of Demopolis.

Price detailed her testimony of surviving breast cancer at a young age, reminding even young girls to start doing the “self check” exams early.

The program also was sprinkled throughout with different community members from the health field and included a spiritual message from church pastor Fred Moore.

Moore gave a message from Isaiah 53:5, which highlights “by his stripes, we are healed.”

Participants light candles in memory of their lost loved ones.

Jeanette Johnson, event organizer and seven-year breast cancer survivor, was recognized at the end of the program by Minister Shatania Issac for her work in starting the annual walk back in 2008.

The program concluded with a memorial candle lighting for those who have lost their lives to breast cancer.