Breast cancer survivor making a difference for others battling disease

NESBIT, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South breast cancer survivor is making a difference for others who have been through the same struggle, offering free hair replacement to other breast cancer survivors.

Wednesday was a day like any other for store owner Deborah Moore, except she had a bit of a cold. For her, that is a small price to pay after battling the breast cancer she discovered two years ago.

"My surgery was in '06. '07 was a long year. I had a lot of complications from the chemo. I had a lot of other complications. I finished up my radiation at the end of December '07," Moore said.

Moore said she almost died during the process, but was finally able to return to work in January of this year and feels much better.

During the chemotherapy process, she lost her hair and started wearing wigs.

"I was so excited when I got my first wig," she said. "I was bald all of last year."

That was when she decided to help other women going through the same process by collecting wigs, hats, and scarves and giving them to those in need.

"You know people like to give back. I still remember every card, every phone call. I still have all my cards. You remember every scarf that someone bought you," Moore said.

James Dixon of Nesbit, whose wife died of cancer, heard about what Moore was doing and wanted to help. Wednesday, he brought her two wigs.

"My wife will never be able to use them again, so if somebody can use them, let 'em have 'em. So that's good," Dixon said.

Moore said cancer is a family disease that affects everyone you are associated with.  She credits her family and friends for helping her to get through.

If you would like to contribute a wig or hat, call Deborah Moore at 662-449-3100.

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