- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
During the month of October there's much attention paid to breast cancer. We celebrate with those who have survived and remember the ones who have died.
Many who have been affected in some way by the disease wear pink during the month, and businesses often display a pink flag or light for the cause.
Others have rallied to support research and those who have struggled against other forms of cancer.
Earlier this month two local motorcycle riders sought out to raise cancer awareness in general. Brian Winans and Mike Taylor, both of McClure Ill., participated in the Cancer Aware Harley Dare. The plan was to ride their motorcycles from Southeast Missouri to Florida -- a 1,000 mile ride -- in less than 24 hours.
This was a daunting challenge, but the two men reached their goal in only 20 hours.
While Winans and Taylor do encourage individuals to consider donating to cancer-related charities, they hope the challenge encourages others to reach out as well.
Maybe it's taking a friend to a doctor's appointment, spending time with a victim, or financially assisting with medical expenses or cancer research. However you can help is appreciated.
Hats off to Winans and Taylor for their creative efforts. We don't all have to drive a Harley for 20 hours in the elements to raise cancer awareness. However, each of us should be challenged to help those fighting the disease in some way.