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Harrison County Holds Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day

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The Harrison County Commission, as well as the cities of Bridgeport and Clarksburg, have all signed proclamations making Sunday, October 14th Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held a luncheon on Sunday at the Bridgeport Conference Center, and a walk for the cure.

"We've done this event for years at Bridgeport Conference Center," said Melissa Magill, committee member. "We are really involved. We have a lot of vendors. We have a lot of survivors that are coming out to walk to show their support."

Dozens of women came to share their survival stories and to support those who are still battling the disease.

Janice McMurdo is a 23 year breast cancer survivor, and dedicates her time to helping others go through the same thing she did.

"I hope none of my nieces and nephews or great nieces and nephews have to go through what I went through for five years, or any time," said McMurdo. "It's a heart breaking word, and when you hear it, you think you are going to die. I experience that every Wednesday at the hospital with different people."

The event also held a remembrance ceremony for those who have lost their battle.

"As you can see you all shine brightly as lights of hope for those around you. You light a way for those who may be stuck in darkness," said Health Access Director Jim Harris.

The Clarksburg Fire Department purchased more than 1,000 shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Proceeds help uninsured women in Harrison County who need diagnostic or treatment services.

Tuscan Sun Spa sponsored the event and devotes the entire month of October to Breast Cancer Awareness.

"We give a nice sized check at the end of the month," said Tuscan Spa Salon Owner Cheri Satterfield. "Women come in to get their massages and facials during the month of October. Five dollars of every massage and facial during the weekday goes straight to Health Access."

The Breast Health Awareness Committee said the best prevention is early detection. It encourages people to stay up to date on their yearly mammogram's, and if someone feels like something could be wrong to go to their doctor immediately.

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