Athletes and Krewe join NRMC for breast cancer awareness

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Scoring Against Breast Cancer is a collaboration between Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Krewe of Excellence and local football athletes. On front row from left are Kayla Olliff, Madison Pleasant, Halie Errington, Kathy Clark, Adam Parker, Payne Williams, Logan Saucier, CJ Jones, Jessica Anding, Ashtyn Keehnen, Bethany Russell, Kayla Dowden and Brittney Armstrong.On back row are Yolanda Hall, Dr. Furqan Akhtar, Tom Matuschka, Takisha Bernstine and Lee Hall. Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson
The Krewe of Excellence and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) recruited local football players from Natchitoches Central, Lakeview and St. Mary’s to sound the alarm on undetected breast cancer during October.
As Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches, community groups around Natchitoches are planning events to promote early detection and sponsor research for the disease. By cooperating, each organization can amplify its message within the community to reduce suffering caused by late stage cancer detection.
Football athletes from the three Natchitoches Parish schools are joining the Krewe of Excellence to kick off the month with a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration will begin 8:30 a.m. at City Park with presentations by Trudy Williams and Kayla Olliff of NRMC Cancer Center and Lonna Hassan and April Martin of the NRMC Breast Center.
Walkers and runners will begin the course at 9 a.m. to promote awareness of the need for routine breast cancer screening and research. As an awareness event, there is no cost to participate, and participants who wish to donate are asked to contribute to suitable 501(c)(3) organizations. The theme of the event is “Scoring against breast cancer.”

Natchitoches community organizations are working to coordinate breast cancer awareness activities in October. From left are Ralph Wilson, Krewe of Excellence; Halie Errington, NRMC Foundation; Adam Parker and Payne Williams, Saint Mary’s; Jessica Anding, NRMC; and Bailey Willis, NSU Student Government Association.