• 57°

Color of Hope: Residents celebrate Paint Natchez Pink Day

 

NATCHEZ—Cancer survivors arrived in style Friday as Natchez held a celebration to ‘Paint Natchez Pink’ for breast cancer awareness.

Oscar Davis escorted 10 cancer survivors to the event in a stretch Hummer decorated with a pink wreath on the grill and pink ribbons along the sides.

Davis owns 1st Class Limos and donated his services for the event.

“I always do charitable things in the community, so when they called about doing (breast) cancer awareness I said no problem. A lot of the ladies had never ridden in a limo, so it was good to see the smiles on their faces,” Davis said.

Davis’ wife, Loretta, dressed in pink attire and also attended the event. Loretta Davis said she watched her friend Carolyn Burnett struggle with breast cancer for four years. Loretta Davis also said her sister, Martha McCall, died of pancreatic cancer.

“Once you see your loved ones go through it, it’s a hard thing to see. My sister beat it for 15 years and died in 2013,” Loretta Davis said. “Anyone with cancer, it touches my heart. That’s a very ugly disease.”

Loretta Davis said the commemoration was a touching event, especially when the pink balloon release was joined by a flock of white birds.

“Once they released the balloons, it reminded me of when my sister passed,” Loretta Davis said.

The release of pink balloons took place on the steps of the Adams County Courthouse. The ceremony was accompanied by a proclamation from Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis.

Arceneaux-Mathis proclaimed Oct. 12 to be Paint Natchez Pink Day.

Arceneaux-Mathis said 1-in-8 women in the United States would develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The best defense, Arceneaux-Mathis said, is early detection through regular self-exams and annual mammograms.

Patricia Gaylor and Linda Rice, first cousins and both of Monroe, Louisiana, came to support the event. Rice said she lost her grandmother, Martha Rice, and her aunt, Irene Hickman, both to cancer. Rice said she also has two aunts, Estella Drew and Audry Quinn, who are fighting cancer.

“It’s important to get a checkup as needed,” Rice said. “Don’t take your health for granted.”

Also attending was Natchez native Jimmy “Jim Bob” Allgood, host of the television program “Redneck Adventures.” Allgood said his mother-in-law Melba Wisner is an eight-year cancer survivor.

“We love every day we have her,” Allgood said.

This was the second year of the annual Paint Natchez Pink event. Merit Health Natchez with Marketing Director Kay Ketchings organized the event with cooperation from the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce, sponsors and local businesses.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Merit Health Natchez will offer mammograms at special times for women who cannot get off work during business hours. The screenings will be offered 5-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 25. To schedule an appointment, call 601-443-2230.

BREAKING NEWS

Vidalia missing teen found after extensive search

News

Law enforcement agencies continue search for missing 17-year-old

News

Natchez hires help in procuring disaster relief funds due to winter storm damage

News

Officials OK signs for high school sports championship row

DEVELOPING NEWS

Adams County Water Association lifts boil water notice

COVID-19

Teachers, first responders to be eligible for vaccine Monday

News

Mississippi House votes to overhaul several state taxes

News

Three men arrested in connection with 2018 double homicide

News

Natchez Water Works lifts boil water advisory

News

Ferriday man arrested for alleged assault on power line workers

News

Health care workers excited to open Trinity Medical Center

Business

Businesses impacted by severe winter weather

News

Utility companies still working to restore power, water to Miss-Lou residents

News

Damaged sewage line leaks raw sewage into St. Catherine’s Creek

News

Miss-Lou still assessing damage caused by severe winter storm

News

Schools reopening after winter storm

Church News

St. Mary Basilica damaged in storm, but nothing that cannot be repaired

News

Devin Heath named new Visit Natchez Executive Director

News

No in-person classes for Natchez or Concordia Parish on Monday; ACCS and Cathedral will hold classes

News

Mayor: Natchez water situation greatly improved

News

Thousands still without power in Adams County

News

Natchez Brewing Company gives fresh water to Natchez residents

News

City of Natchez needs help finding leaks during water crisis

News

Photo gallery: Sparkling crepe myrtles add beauty to downtown Natchez scene