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Breast cancer survivors, supporters gear up for Race for the Cure

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LaShuna Guiden Jackson celebrated one year of being cancer-free this spring and will participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this weekend. Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times (Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

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By Melody Brumble

LaShuna Guiden Jackson is grateful to be in the Pink Parade on Saturday.

The parade, part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure activities, recognizes breast cancer survivors. Jackson, 40, marked one year of being cancer-free in March.

“I checked my breasts for the first time when I was 38,” Jackson said. “I was in the shower and the Lord put it on my mind.”

She found lumps. She underwent three lumpectomies and then a mastectomy when the cancer kept spreading.

“I like to give the Lord all my glory,” Jackson said. “He helped me through it. I also made jokes. I had a sense of humor about it.”

The northwest Louisiana Komen affiliate expects 6,000 to 7,000 Race for the Cure participants this year, a combination of survivors, family members and supporters from the community. The event moved to the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City to accommodate growth.

The event includes more recognition for survivors, such as a sit-down breakfast and a “poop-out” trolley that will follow the runners and walkers on the 1-mile and 5K routes.

“It’s for the survivors who may have health issues, like chemo, and who can’t finish the route. The trolley will be all decorated in pink,” said Danielle Voumard, local affiliate executive director.

Komen aims to raise $300,000 through the race. Eighty-four cents of every dollar raised locally stays in the community, Voumard said. In March, the affiliate distributed $187,486 for breast cancer screening and education to local organizations.

Major recipients included Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Partners in Wellness free cancer screening program, the Martin Luther King Health Center’s Women’s Health Program and Northwestern State University’s Take Action Against Breast Cancer program.

Cherie Humphrey will help support Komen’s grant program by walking in the 5K. She underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2008. She’s cancer free but will see an oncologist every three months as a preventive measure.

“Last year, at Komen, I didn’t have much hair, but now, I have a full head of hair, down to my shoulders, almost,” she said. “I feel great. I’ve started exercising again.”

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Written by demon53

September 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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