GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of folks gathered for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Gulfport Saturday morning. Runners, walkers and breast cancer survivors took over a section of Jones Park ahead of the 3.2 mile race.
The 2016 Survivor of the Year is Heather Wiggins, who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2002 after finding a lump during a self-exam.
"I absolutely believed that research helped in my case. All the women before and all the research that was done helped my process go faster than others, and maybe a little bit easier than those before me. So raising money for Susan G. Komen to do even more research and make it better for the future is very important to me," Wiggins said.
Not only did Wiggins discover her cancer through self-examination, the lump didn't even show up on a mammogram. Organizers say that's just further proof how important it is to know your own body, and conduct those self-exams on a regular basis.