State provides $300K to Hamer cancer center

RULEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has provided $300,000 to the fundraising efforts for the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation Resource Center in Ruleville.

The nonprofit Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is trying to raise $5.5 million for the project.

State Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, tells The Bolivar Commercial (http://bit.ly/1lwAuzS) the resource center will offer people with cancer assistance and information.

Hamer died of cancer in 1977.

She drew national attention in 1964 when she and other members of the racially integrated Freedom Democratic Party challenged the seating of Mississippi's all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention. She also helped register black voters.

The resource center will conduct cancer education seminars, training, and cancer awareness activities to promote cancer screenings, early detection, physical activities and healthy diets.

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Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com

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