DuPree to share cancer survivor's story

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Sisters Network will celebrate breast cancer survivors and caregivers on Aug. 25. The Tupelo chapter of the national black breast cancer survivors group will host its sixth annual Pink Ribbon Survivorship Luncheon at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Summit Center in Tupelo.
“Once you attend, you’ll never want to miss another,” said Norma Derring, Tupelo chapter president.
The keynote speaker will be Johniece DuPree, breast cancer survivor and wife of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, who was a Democratic candidate for governor in 2011.
Dupree was diagnosed in 2008. She found a lump in a self-exam, and she’s spoken about her journey across the state.
“When I was first diagnosed, there were so many women who would call and encourage me,” said DuPree, who credits her family, faith and medical professionals for her good health today.
Fighting breast cancer isn’t easy, but it’s a battle that can be won, DuPree said.
“If you catch it early, you will survive it,” DuPree said.
In addition to DuPree, the Lane Chapel Quintet, also known as Touch of Harmony, will provide entertainment for lunch. WTVA’s Sunya Walls will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Tickets are $25, and are on sale through Monday. Call (662) 842-2440 or email tupelo@sistersnetworkinc.org.