Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week to be held in Donaldsonville

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez announced The Ascension Parish Recreation Department, the River Road African American Museum and the Ascension Parish Breast Cancer Awareness Committee will host a week of activities acknowledging October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We don’t know how to prevent breast cancer, but there are things we can do to reduce the risk and things we can do to detect it early,” said Ajia Mitchell, program coordinator with the Ascension Parish Recreation Department and committee member. “Please join us for this informative and enlightening program supporting our communities’ breast cancer survivors.”

Mitchell said previous cancer awareness events in Donaldsonville have raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. She said this year’s goal, along with fundraising, is to get at least 100 participants to join in the Donaldsonville Breast Cancer Awareness Week activities.

Schedule of Activities

·        October 25, 2014: Donaldsonville Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

          Registration begins at 8 a.m. - Walk begins at 9 a.m.

          Frank Sotile Pavilion, 610 D. Thibaut Dr.

·        October 27, 2014: Balloon Release & Candlelight Vigil & Guest Speaker 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

·        RRAA Museum Jazz Plaza at 406 Charles St.

          October 28, 2014: Zumba, Nutrition & Cooking Class (free) 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

          Old Donaldsonville High School Gym, 603 Lee Ave.

·        October 29, 2014: Power of Pink Prayer, 6 p.m., Mt. Triumph Baptist Church

·        October 30, 2014: I’m a Survivor Outdoor Movie Night 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

           Louisiana Square at 300 Railroad Ave. (bring lawn chairs and blankets)

           November 1, 2014: Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk 7 a.m.

           Champions Square, Lasalle Street, New Orleans

 “We invite all cancer survivors and family members of all ages to join us,” Mitchell said. “Please sign up for the Donaldsonville Cancer Survivor Support Group being established by participants.”

For more information contact Ajia Mitchell, Ascension Parish Recreation Department at (225) 473-3898, or by email at amitchell@apgov.us.