Laps, Love and A Legacy of Hope


Saturday, October 22, 2011 Rachel Jefferson and Gloria Bennett will host the 1st Annual Dianne Bennett Memorial Breast Cancer Walk in honor of their mother. Dianne Bennett was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in November, 2006. At the time she was unemployed, uninsured, and widowed. Although she knew something was wrong, she delayed treatment for those reasons. After diagnosis, it was revealed that the cancer had already metastisized into her bones. Dianne then engaged in a four and a half year battle with the disease. Ever positive, Dianne endured surgery, carious chemo therapies, radiation and a myriad of other treatments. She was known for the encouragement and support she offered to other cancer patients. Diane would tell jokes, funny stories and would tell everyone about her collection of shoe figurines. Dianne's battle with breast cancer ended on March 2, 2011. Even at the end of her life she remained positive, hopeful, upbeat and humorous. Always optimistic, Dianne even went through the process of planning her own funeral and choose to have the song "What a Wonderful World" played as her final and enduring message of hope. To honor the memory of their mother and to bring attention to the need to seek help, Rachel Jefferson and Gloria Bennett have started the Dianne Bennett Memorial Breast Cancer Walk. The inagural event will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Wood-Hinton Park in Lumberton, Mississippi. The walk is free to the public and there will be a variety of entertainment and educational events for all ages. If you would like to participate in the walk there is still time to register for the event. Please contact Rachel Jefferson at 601-436-0315 or Gloria Bennett at 601-466-9777. Commerative t-shirts are also available for purchase. All money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund the "Look Good, Feel Good" program.

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