The Laurel Housing Authority is working to educate its residents and the community about the dangers of Breast Cancer.

In observance of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, community leaders and residents gathered at the LHA Brown Circles Homes on Thursday, October 15th, to inform residents while remembering those who have battled the deadly disease.

LHA Executive Director Ailrick Young said the Housing Authority conducts an annual Pink Up to help educate people about cancer and preventive measures.

Due to COVID-19, the agency decided to have a parade this year. The parade consisted of Housing Authority staff and LHA community partners and agencies.

Breast cancer survivors Libby McRae, Mary Horne and Marshall Duncan served as the grand marshals for the parade.

Charlotte Williams, property manager at Brown Circle Homes and coordinator of the event, said the Breast Cancer Parade is a way to allow the Housing Authority to bring awareness to the dangers of breast cancer and to encourage early detection.

The staff from Early Head start Jones County and Laurel Housing Authority residents and staff walked the parade route.

The students from the Laurel High School and Laurel Middle School drumline - namely 11th grader Larry Thomas, 10th grader Xavier Washington, 8th grader Jonathan Wilkins and 8th grader Shemar George – set the tone for the event and led the parade.

The parade consisted of cars, vans, drumline, and walkers.

At the conclusion of the parade, LHA officials and the Laurel Family Health Center also gave participants pamphlets and information about breast cancer.

The agency has conducted the annual event during the month of October for several years.

“By uniting for this event as a community, we recognize the value of all, how we can work together to make sure everyone has access to education, screening, treatment, support and hope regardless of their circumstances,” Young said. “We are thankful for our residents and community partners who have joined us to support this event.”

Among the other agencies represented in the event included: Laurel Family Health Center, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee, Jones County District Five Supervisor Travares Comegys, the Laurel Police Department, the Laurel Fire Department, Bancorp South, Laurel Middle School students and administration, the Joe D. Hudgins American Legion Post 210, Friends of Children of Mississippi’s Early Head Start Jones and DJ Transit.

In connection with the event, the Housing Authority recognized cancer survivors with gift baskets.

The Laurel Housing Authority’s mission is to provide and create affordable housing opportunities that promote and provide safe housing, self-sufficiency and viable productive communities for individuals and families within Laurel and Jones County.

Anyone wanting more information about the Housing Authority can call 601-425-4651.

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