BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Four Baton Rouge nonprofits hosted their second annual, ‘I Am A Survivor’ event on Thursday to shine a light on breast cancer.

The four local non-profits involved included Embracing with Value Foundation, 29:11 Academy, Noire Enterprises, and Influence Plug Organization.

“We fail to realize that we actually have individuals who are going through things that they had no idea of,” said Kenya London, founder of Embracing with Value Foundation.

The goal for these non-profits is to create an environment that allows patients who currently have breast cancer, are cancer survivors, and those who have lost a loved one to cancer, to support each other.

During the event, cancer survivors had the opportunity to celebrate each other and share what got them through the journey.

According to one breast cancer survivor, Francis Johnson was diagnosed 14 years ago. She says without her family’s support, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

“To hear the word Cancer, you know the first thing you think is of you’re going to die,” Johnson says.

However in the end for Johnson, she battled through the disease and has been cancer free with her family by her side.

“It’s always helpful because once you hear cancer, all kinds of thoughts run through your mind,” she adds.

Another cancer survivor is Latoya Middleton, who was diagnosed with stage three Breast cancer at the age of 27 and has a family history of the disease.

“I don’t want to say it was an easy, easy process, but it was one that I knew that I would make it through,” said Middleton.

For instance, a current Cancer Patient, Pamela Webster, realizes it’s a hard journey starting out.

Webster says, “Everything moved fast, I had four rounds of chemo, two rounds of radiation.”

On November 3rd, Webster gets to ring the cancer bell at the Baton Rouge General Hospital. She’ll be officially cancer free after battling for over four years.

Webster mentions how her support at the hospital, really helped her in her case. “Just having someone to talk to, and meeting other women at the doctor’s office during chemo, we exchanged numbers and we talked, getting each other through,” she adds.

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