Alcorn’s Ag Extension Department joins in the continuous fight against breast cancer

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Alcorn State University Extension Program partnered with the Department of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation to sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness Health Fair and walk Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Davey L. Whitney Complex on the Lorman campus. The purpose of the program was to create awareness and inform the public on how to confront the disease.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the local communities were able to receive free health screenings for blood pressure and dental care, as well as other fundamental information on various illnesses, medications, and health procedures.

During the event, each participant was asked to place a pink rose petal on the "Trees of Life" poster displayed behind a table designated for survivors. The poster will remain up for the entire month of October for individuals to post a petal in remembrance or support of someone who is battling the disease.

Willie Parker-Green, a two-time breast cancer survivor and retired educator from the Jefferson County School District, was in attendance to share her experience. As she reflected on her journey, she expressed how grateful she was for overcoming her battle with the disease. She encourages anyone who may have been diagnosed not to worry themselves and to have faith.

"When you worry, that causes stress," she said.

Green also informed attendees on the benefits of early detection and seeking proper medical attention.

"Follow your doctor's instructions and stay on top of everything," she advised. "Go on with your life, and everything is going to be alright."

After meeting with vendors and receiving various giveaways and prizes, event-goers gathered at the parking lot across from the Davey L. Whitney Complex to walk and honor women who have conquered and lost their battle with breast cancer.

Afterward, they got a chance to indulge in good food, music, and fellowship as they celebrated yet another successful event.

"I would like to thank everyone who supported and helped put this event together," said Jacqueline Ford, program field coordinator, Alcorn State University Extension Program.

"We pray that even more individuals will join us next year to keep hope, faith, and love alive in the fight against breast cancer."

Ford encourages others, especially healthcare professionals who are also Alcornites, to join the cause and give back to the Alcorn community.

For more information, contact Ford at 601.877.6529 or [email protected].