Hamer cancer walk promotes physical activity
by Paisley Boston
Sep 30, 2013 | 1853 views | 0 0 comments | 252 252 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation will be making strides in Greenwood to continue their fight against breast cancer.

Founder and president of the foundation, Freddie White-Johnson believes that maintaining physical wellness while fighting cancer is very important.

"This walk is not only to raise money for the foundation, it is meant to promote the importance of exercise and physical activity,” said Johnson.

The walk is to begin at Amanda Elzy High School at 8 a.m. October 19, 2013. Registration is $5 and begins at 7:30 a.m.

According to Johnson, the primary feature that distinguishes the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation from other organizations bearing Hamer's name is the fact that she died of cancer.

"After undergoing surgery for late-stage breast cancer, Hamer would stuff her bra with socks. On a subsequent speaking trip to Washington, DC. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton donated and had her fitted with a prosthesis," added Johnson.

The Foundation honors the memory of Ruleville native Fannie Lou Hamer who "shook the foundation of this Nation" with her courage, determination and willingness to undergo great personal sacrifices as an authentic voice of those who were impoverished and disenfranchised.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is committed to preventing cancer in the Mississippi Delta by increasing awareness and establishing a public agenda for the prevention of cancer.

“Cancer does not discriminate on the basis of gender or race. It can affect anyone, and that is why I am dedicated to aid in the prevention or early detection of cancer among individuals who live in rural communities. All surrounding communities should come out and support the fight against breast cancer," said Johnson.