A breast cancer walk designed to raise awareness and honor those who have survived the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in South Carolina is set to take place for the fifth consecutive year.

Bowman native LaTonya Fuller and her cousin, Yoursheka McClorin, have coordinated a breast cancer walk which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in Bowman.

The walk will be held under the theme "I Am A Conquerer" and begin at the Bowman Nature Park on Highway 178. The nearly two-mile walk will end at New Covenant United Methodist Church at 750 Moss St. in Bowman.

Fuller said the walk is being held to honor breast cancer survivors. Walkers are urged to walk in support of or in memory of a loved one. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Fuller said she and McClorin have four other assistants who helped them organize this year's event.

"We decided that because breast cancer affects to many people in the community, we wanted to get a walk together, raise awareness and provide opportunities for the community to unite," Fuller said.

All survivors will be provided a free T-shirt. All non-survivors can purchase one for $12. The T-shirt will include the event theme on the front and the  names of participating survivors on the back.

The event will include entertainment, light refreshments, and educational information.

"We'll have the survivors share their stories. We'll just celebrate with food and drinks and provide them (survivors) with gifts" including gift cards, Fuller said.

"It's just basically showering them gifts and appreciation," she said, noting that she wants to see attendance at the walk pick up from its usual 100 participants.

"I told my cousin I want to expand it to like 200 this year. I want it to get bigger and have people come in from the surrounding area, too," she said.

For more information about the walk, contact Fuller at 803-614-2278; McClorin at 803-596-2485; Hope Williams at 803-829-8299; Melvin Felder at 803-290-3728; Tressie Summers at 803-837-4454; and Ellen Hicks at 803-829-1350.

Contact the writer: dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5534. Follow "Good News with Gleaton" on Twitter at @DionneTandD

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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