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Linda Procter, a breast cancer survivor, listens to instructions while awaiting the start of the walk.

Despite the early-morning threat of rain, breast cancer survivors and supporters came together in Thomson for the recreation department’s first Breast Cancer Walk.

Maria Hamilton, administrative assistant for the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department, gathered the group around the courthouse steps for a few motivational comments and to explain the route the walkers would be following. The distance covered was 1.2 miles.

Among the participants were many breast cancer survivors and even some currently fighting cancer.

Linda Procter, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2002, was one of the participants and had a bright outlook.

“It’s just a blessing to be alive and move amongst these people that are walking. It’s just an encouragement,” Procter, of Thomson, said.

Barbara Fielder, of Thomson, is currently fighting breast cancer. She was diagnosed in March. So far she has undergone surgery and is taking chemotherapy treatments for the next 10 months and then will face radiation treatments.

What words of encouragement does she have to share with others facing the same fight?

“Just believe in the good Lord up above. Just pray every day, you’ve got to have faith,” she said. “You’ve got to be strong. You can’t sit and dwell on it all the time. I don’t dwell on it because when you sit and dwell on it you give up. I’m not one to give up, I’m a fighter.”

Marsha Norman, of Thomson, is a survivor and was armed with her pink umbrella Saturday morning. During surgery  18 months ago  doctors found she had the beginning stages of cancer.

“With that it was the very beginning stage but due to the aggressiveness of the tumor I had to have that removed immediately,” Norman said.

“During my time of knowing, I stood on the one that in any situation God said give thanks in all things and no matter what I could be healed,” Norman said. “So, through that and faith, family and friends I am delivered as of today.”

She said she walked in the rain last year in Augusta.

Thomson Police escorted the walkers, with one patrol car in front and one bringing up the rear, down Railroad Street then over to White Oak Street and back to the government center.

The walkers grouped together in festive manner at the end of the walk and Hamilton reminded them the Breast Cancer Walk will now become an annual event.

She added that anyone with suggestions should feel free to contact the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department.

“Of course next year we are going to make it bigger, better and grander,” Hamilton said.

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