Natchez community rallies behind breast cancer survivors during walk

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In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Natchez community in downtown Franklin hosted a walk on Saturday to remember and honor breast cancer survivors. 

There was plenty of pink, as approximately 50 attendees laced up their shoes and set off on a mile loop around historic downtown Franklin to raise money for local community members who are currently battling breast cancer or are survivors. 

After the walk, attendees continued the celebration at Johnson Elementary School, where 35 breast cancer survivors were honored. Through a partnership with Franklin Community Church, recipients can receive financial assistance so they can focus on their treatment and recovery.  

Event organizer Samantha Shepherd started the event three years ago after breast cancer personally touched some of her friends in the community and her daughter, Katie, who has been battling leukemia since 2014. 

“I have two people in my life who I love dearly and both were diagnosed with different types of cancer,” Shepherd said. “We just want to give a little bit of help to our friends that have become like family to me here in the community.”

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