Natchezian walks in honor of others

Published 12:05am Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My name is Tiffany Plummer Williams. I used to live in Natchez, but I currently reside in Covington, Ga. I recently participated in the Susan G. Komen 60-mile, three-day Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 18-20 in Atlanta. Participation in the Komen 3-Day experience becomes one of the defining achievements in one’s life.

The experience can also be a meaningful way to celebrate surviving, honor someone lost or build hope for a future world without breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Because of events like the Komen Race for the Cure and the Komen 3-Day, the organization has invested more than $2.2 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Each year, thousands of women and men come together in different cities across the United States, with one common goal — finding a cure for breast cancer. The three-day event route covers approximately 15-22 miles each day for three days in a row, totaling approximately 60 miles. All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 to participate in the three-day walk.

I walked with more than 1,000 other participants in the Atlanta three-day event, and together we raised $2.9 million in search for the cure. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised help support national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent supports local community and affiliate outreach programs. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen grant.

Participants of the Atlanta 3-Day started Friday morning at Stone Mountain, Ga., and ended the 60-mile journey at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, on Sunday.

I walked in honor of several local women that had an impact on my life, Mrs. Irma Woods and Ms. Valeria Johnson. I also walked in memory of Ms. Kendra Jones, a 1999 graduate of Natchez High School who recently lost her battle with cancer and had a great impact on a lot of people. I walked 20 miles a day for three days and, to top it off, exceeded my goal of $2,300, raising $2,685 to donate towards breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

Tiffany Plummer Williams is married to Vernon Williams, a native of Orlando, Fla., and they have two young sons, Noah and Nigel. She is the daughter of Robert and Pamela Plummer of Natchez.