• 84°

Miss-Lou event kicks off Friday in new venue

Cancer survivors Janie and Roy Reyes hold hands while walking in the survivor’s walk of the 2015 Miss-Lou Relay for Life at the Concordia Parish Recreational District 3 Complex. Janie is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and Roy is a colon cancer survivor.   (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Cancer survivors Janie and Roy Reyes hold hands while walking in the survivor’s walk of the 2015 Miss-Lou Relay for Life at the Concordia Parish Recreational District 3 Complex. Janie is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and Roy is a colon cancer survivor. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Mary-Ann Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Friday night she decided to celebrate her life.

Anderson, who is a Natchez resident, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2014, when she had her first surgery, and is currently going through treatments.

Anderson gathered with hundreds of Miss-Lou residents Friday at the Concordia Recreational District 3 Complex to walk in support of those who have survived cancer, and those who have lost their battle.

Anderson said she fights her battle for her six-year-old son, Matthew Anderson. Her mother, Willie Mae Edwards, lost her battle with cancer in May 2008. Edwards died from a brain tumor that eventually spread to her lungs.

“She fought it for 10 years and had two major surgeries on her brain,” Anderson said. “I admire my mom for being the strong woman she was. She was a fighter.”

Although Anderson said she longed to attend the Relay for Life for a number of years to honor her mother, she always found a reason to avoid the event.

“Going would have been too many memories of my mother,” Anderson said. “Now I’m diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m here.”

But Anderson believes everything happens for a reason.

Cancer survivor Shirley Hughey hugs Brandi Lipsey, while fellow cancer survivor Sandra Stokes hugs Karen Yates at the survivors lap during the 2015 Miss-Lou Relay for Life.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Cancer survivor Shirley Hughey hugs Brandi Lipsey, while fellow cancer survivor Sandra Stokes hugs Karen Yates at the survivors lap during the 2015 Miss-Lou Relay for Life. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

“Maybe I’m here so I can help somebody else,” she said. “And how can you help someone else if you haven’t fought the fight? I’m now fighting that fight with God. It’s good to come out and meet people who are going through what you’re going through.”

Anderson encourages everyone to get his or her yearly checkups.

“I would advise anyone not to skip an appointment,” Anderson said. “I do it every year and if I would not have gone, I wouldn’t have caught it in time. It’s a blessing.”

Natchez resident Jackie Britt is a 32-year cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with melanoma, cancer of the skin, in June 1983.

During her short battle, she prayed to God not for herself, but for her son, Jay Britt.

“I thought there was no way that I could lose my baby,” she said. “I prayed to God to let me live and watch him become a man.”

Jay is now in his early 30s, Britt said.

Vidalia residents Raymond and Bettye Lindeman have been married for 14 years and both have survived cancer.

Raymond was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years ago, while Bettye was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006, and again in 2010.

They were both thankful to be alive and be able to attend the Relay for Life.

“I love to get out here with everyone — those who had cancer — and I like to mix with them to see how they are doing,” Raymond said.

The Miss-Lou Relay for Life began in 1996 to honor cancer survivors.

During the Relay for Life, participants, including survivors and those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s cancer, walk around a track in memory of those who have died or in support of those who have survived or are being treated for cancer.

Throughout the night, teams collect money that will go to support cancer research.

Participants at the site began walking around 6:45 p.m. and were expected to continue until 2 a.m. this morning.

 

News

Hotel Vue, other properties involved in indictments, still open

News

Family friends ask for prayers for former Cathedral School athletic director

Business

Worley, former Dunleith owner, gets 144 months in federal prison

News

Plans progressing for Adams County public defenders office

News

City will not mandate Halloween rules

News

Gibson: We are drawing the line on crime

News

Adams County to ask for federal relief funds for Hurricane Delta recovery

News

Vidalia City Hall temporarily closed Tuesday after 2 test positive for COVID-19

News

Former Vue owner ‘surprised’ by current owners’ indictment

News

Men charged with bank fraud, money laundering in connection to purchase of The Briars, other properties

News

Sirens part of Severe Weather Awareness Week drill

News

Natchez WWII veteran laid to rest

News

Natchez police committee calls for businesses to provide security after Monday shooting

News

Husband, wife found dead with letter saying they were going to be with God

News

Police investigators comparing notes on Monday shooting near Cathedral school

News

Adams County extends mask mandate through Nov. 30

News

Natchez police investigating scene of reported shooting

News

Some Natchez High students and teachers quarantined

News

Balloonists make final Sunday flight to close balloon fest

News

Official balloon flights canceled Sunday morning; afternoon flights to be determined

News

Balloons take flight over Natchez on Saturday afternoon

News

Video: Balloons take off for Saturday afternoon flight

News

Balloons to fly over Natchez this afternoon, glow tonight

News

Hundreds gather on Natchez bluff Saturday for balloon festival