Walk to spread breast cancer awareness
CHANEYVILLE- A concerned resident hosted a walk Saturday to promote community awareness and to support breast cancer research.
Juanita Sanford said she decided to start holding the walk every year to raise money for cancer research after she was diagnosed with the disease years ago.
"As I was going through chemo treatment, just having somebody to be there with me...I saw so many people sitting there that was alone, didn't have anybody to come with them", Sanford said.
Sanford said she's been cancer-free for five years, and this walk can help residents find neighborly support and transportation to their treatments.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the highest among white and asian women, but the death rate is higher among black women.
"The thing is with black women, we're waiting too late. The thing is, we're not going early. If we feel a little lump, we'll get to it later. And we're finding they're in the later stages of breast cancer", Sanford said.
Sanford said they don't have as many resources in the Chaneyville area and reminds everyone, male and female, to get a breast exam.
October is national breast cancer awareness month.