BILOXI, Mississippi—- Shirley Moses is a Biloxi senior citizen living at Cadet Point and a recent graduate of the East Biloxi Community Collaborative’s (EBCC) Leadership Training. She is also a go-getter, and most days you can find her posting information on the bulletin board at Cadet Point, decorating the lobby, planning events for residents, or just enjoying a neighbor’s company.
In her role as secretary and treasurer of the residence council, she has spearheaded many events, including a cancer walk for the past two years.
“I saw on the news where the cancer walk was going on downtown,” said Moses. “I thought about the fact that not every around here can really get out. They catch the bus, so I thought we could have one (a cancer walk) here at Cadet Point for the same cause.”
That idea has turned into an annual event. In October of 2016, Moses organized the first walk, and the number of participants doubled the following year. The Cadet Point walk includes an opening ceremony with a guest speaker who is a breast cancer survivor. Moses says she felt it was important to hear from someone firsthand, especially since while planning the 2017 walk, she had learned of a neighbor suffering from the disease.
“I was talking to my neighbor this past summer, and she was telling me that she found out at the last minute that she had breast cancer,” Moses says with compassion. “I just told her to trust God and I prayed along with her, and in the end, they got it all out.”
Moses honored that neighbor at the walk among the rest of their Cadet Point family. It was a major highlight of the breast cancer event.
“I surprised her at the walk this year,” she said with a laugh. “I got a chance to crown her as a survivor. She was shocked, and she walked with us too.”
The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness around breast cancer and provide senior citizens an opportunity to participate. EBCC also supported the walk by providing t-shirts for all participants.