Luncheon honors survivors, current breast cancer fighters

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — As October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month came to a close, Fort Polk, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce and American Cancer Society joined to host the fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Oct. 26 at the Warrior Community Center to honor survivors and those still battling breast cancer.

BJACH Commander Col. Marla J. Ferguson opened the event by sharing her Family’s struggles with breast cancer.

“My maternal grandmother — back in the ‘80s before such awareness was out there — found out she had breast cancer far too late. We lost her in 1983,” Ferguson said. “Fast forward to 2006 through 2007, my mom, with the support of a loving husband and awareness in the community, did have early detection, was treated and is a survivor today.”

 

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