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Candlelight vigil held for breast cancer awareness


Last Monday night the Zeta Theta chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma here at Jacksonville State University held it’s second annual candlelit vigil for breast cancer awareness with the theme “Stay and Fight” on the steps of Bibb Graves Hall.

This was the second activity in their founders week, titled “Love and War.” Gamma Sigma Sigma boasted of a great turn-out of the vigil that had two singers, Courtney Crosson and Steven Richardson, and a poet Laquentin Ragland.

The singers sang “In the Arms of an Angel” originally sung by Sarah McLaughlin and “Hero” by Mariah Carey.

Ragland recited an original poem about his grandmother and her long fight against cancer and his regrettable lose.

After the performances, balloons were released to honor those who lost the fight against cancer and to symbolize hope remaining for those who still fight.

Shalea Atkins, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma was in charge of the event. Atkins was put in charge of the event last year after fellow members found out her mother was a survivor of breast cancer.

“It’s important to me, so it’s important to them [Gamma Sigma Sigma],” said Atkins when asked why Gamma Sigma Sigma decided to host the vigil.

Many other organizations at Jacksonville State University are hosting events for breast cancer awareness in the month of October to remember and empower those lost or fighting.

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