Latonya Anderson

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"Volunteering a whopping 240 hours in 2017, Latonya supported the local American Cancer Society walk with tireless zeal. "

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A five-year cancer survivor, Latonya, known around Horseshoe Tunica by her nickname, Ladybug, has made it her mission to bring a better understanding of breast cancer prevention to the community of Tunica. Volunteering a whopping 240 hours in 2017, Latonya supported the local American Cancer Society walk with tireless zeal. She partnered with local radio stations, food vendors, clinics and more to recruit the event’s highest turnout ever. In addition to building awareness, the American Cancer Society provided blood pressure checks, information on breast self-exams and information on mammogram appointments.

“The struggle is real and the fight continues,” says Latonya, noting that many people in the community go without seeing a doctor and don’t realize they have cancer until it is too late. For her colleagues, her willingness to share her journey with breast cancer is appreciated. In the words of her manager, Cynthia Smith, “Latonya vows to continue the fight and continue to spread awareness about cancer to whoever will listen. Whether she helps one person or many people, it is worth it to her.”

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