, Port Arthur, Texas

November 2, 2012

Memorial 9th Grade Academy honors breast cancer survivors

Kristyn Hunt
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Oct. 31 ended “National Breast Cancer Awareness” month. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in the U.S. However, the disease effects women differently. According to, “Although one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the U.S., it remains the deadliest for Black women.” And males are not exempt from the disease. Male breast cancer accounts for just one percent of all breast cancer diagnoses. Port Arthur ISD is the second largest employer in the city, but it is also home to many employees that have fought, and won, against breast cancer.

Memorial 9th Grade Academy held a breast cancer dedication and walk on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  District Board members, Representative Joe Deshotel and sponsors from the Gift of Life were present during the ceremony. Counselor, Adrienne Lott, led the presentation, while discussing her own bought with breast cancer, which led to a double mastectomy. Students called out the names of breast cancer survivors on the campus as well as the names of those family and District members that lost their battle to cancer. The event ended with a community and student walk around the campus.