Making Strides against Breast Cancer


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) hosted their 19th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness event on Tuesday, October 6th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Although this year’s event was slightly different due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many came out to support the cause while adhering to Mississippi’s and Alcorn’s guidelines for social distancing. Casaundra Thompson, Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator for HPER, stated, “Over the years, this event has served thousands by attendance from many vendors across Southwest Mississippi. A continuous service to the Alcorn community and surrounding areas remain the primary goal for HPER. Therefore, HPER could not let this year go by without sharing information and showing support.”

At this year’s event, HPER provided students, staff, and the Alcorn community with information regarding Breast Cancer, free giveaways, a raffle and a walk through at the Davey L. Whitney Complex. According to the information provided, one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer and more that 40,000 will die. Although Breast Cancer is most common in women, men can develop it as well. It is estimated that in 2020, 2,620 men will be diagnosed with the disease in the United States and 520 will die from it. HPER strongly suggests that people seek early detection.

For more information on this and future Breast Cancer events, contact Thompson by email at or by phone at (601) 877-6507.