Monica’s Hope 7th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ – Monica’s seventh annual Cancer Awareness Walk takes place on Saturday, October 2 at Natchez Cliff, a fundraiser to support those diagnosed with cancer.
Funds raised pay for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and treatment centers and also help pay co-payments and deductibles.
âIn reality, you never know. That doctor’s appointment that we were able to get for them too could be the one that will save their lives, âsaid Monica Smith, Founder of Monica’s Hope. “We have a lot of people here in Natchez who may miss their appointments because they don’t have the transportation or the funds to get to Jackson, Baton Rouge, McComb or wherever their treatment is.”
Smith said she was a cancer survivor for seven years. Her mother is also a cancer survivor, but for her grandmother and father, cancer was fatal.
âOnce I went through my battle with breast cancer, I thought of all the people who maybe didn’t have a family to help them get through this like I didâ, a- she declared.
The $ 10 registration fee for Saturday’s walk helps fund Smith’s mission, which began seven years ago with her cancer diagnosis and continues to help people now that she is gone. Cancer.
Children can participate in the walk for free and there will also be vendors selling t-shirts, treats, jewelry and other items on the registration site behind the Natchez Grand Hotel, she said. declared.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. before the start of the walk at 9 a.m. Participants will make the trip up Broadway Street to Rosalie and back up Madison Street about three times, she said.
There are business teams that usually participate year after year.
âWe usually have around 50 or 60 people,â Smith said. âLast year I thought because of COVID there wouldn’t be too many participants, but it was actually our biggest walk. “
This time around, Smith said she expects around 17 teams from different companies in the region to show up and register on site.
Guest speakers include Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson, Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry, Natchez Fire Chief Robert Arrington and Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten, she said.
Those who can’t come on Saturday can still support the cause by calling Smith at 601-443-7998, she said.
Those in need of Monica’s Hope’s help can also reach her at this number, she said. âWe select the candidates,â she said. “Right now we have funds available, so they can just call me and we can chat then.”