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Local Librarians "Book It For A Cure"

Employees in the Jackson-George County Library system are teaming up to help fight cancer. To do that, they're auctioning off items in an event called "Book it for a cure." Keli Rabon shows us how this team is coming together for a good cause.

"Breast cancer has hit me personally, as well as some of my good friends," team leader and breast cancer survivor Jo Anne West said.

Breast cancer has been more than a symbol on a shirt for Jo Anne West,  it's been a real part of her life.

 "When I was first diagnosed they didn't even have the ribbon," West said.

But 15 years later, she's a survivor, and proudly wearing many trinkets that represent her struggle with this disease.

"I have several friends who've had it. Some of them surgery took care of it, others are going through chemotherapy and radiation. And that's a real life altering event to try to go through that ordeal," West said.  

Now, West and her co workers throughout the Jackson and George County library system, are teaming up to "Book It For a Cure". In an effort to raise money for their team, the group is running a silent online auction.

"This is a CocaCola bicycle. It's a 6 speed that's supposed to be pretty rare," West said.

From a one of a kind bike, to a cat in the hat pillow, money from each item will go towards cancer research.

 "I have known people now who have experienced and survived breast cancer. I'm lucky that I have known so far only survivors of breast cancer. But like everyone else, cancer has hit my family and my father died of cancer," team member and Moss Point Library director Carol Hewlitt said.

 Just as there are a variety of books in the library, each member of the team has a unique story as well. Whether it affects them personally or through friends, their biggest hope is to make a difference.

"None of us have to go very far to feel connected to this issue I don't think. Not in the world probably, and definitely not in this community. That's one thing about this team that maybe isn't unique. Maybe the unique thing about this team is that we're doing something about it," Hewlitt said.  

The team also hopes this event will help spread a message of hope for people living with cancer. A message that West says she's more thankful to proclaim with each new day.

"I used to hide it, or be almost ashamed that it happened to me. But now I feel more, definitely more like a survivor. And almost like a warrior," West said.     

The group has set a goal of raising 24-hundred dollars for this year's event. To learn how you can help, just call any Jackson or George County library and ask for a team member.

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