Olli Harvey presented a proclamation to the members of the Jackson County Commission on October 4. Harvey was the spokesperson for Ripley Main St. and a group of women who had fought the battle against breast cancer and survived.
Said Harvey, "Its very, very real. It is estimated that this year, 2012, that 1,316 women will come down with breast cancer. And, from that number probably 294 will die. I don't think I have seen the figures for West Virginia before and it is staggering, staggering indeed."
Harvey told commissioners her story about her battle the disease.
"I did have breast cancer and had a total mastectomy ten years ago. Monnie Landis, Joella Nickleson, and several of the women here have had breast cancer. So it is something that Relay for Life, you're familiar with it, its in the spring. We always work to raise funds to help fight breast cancer," said Harvey.
The statistics, according to Harvey, are shockingly high for the chances of women being diagnosed with the disease.
Harvey said, "We are very concerned that a woman has an one in eight lifetime chance of getting breast cancer. We are always trying to tell women have a history or breast cancer in their family to please start getting an annual checkup. Please start getting it. Hopefully, we can keep continuing to the point that one of these days there won't be so many of the one hundred thousand women in the United States."