The Independent Living Services community participated in its second annual breast cancer awareness walk Friday morning in Conway.
ILS Human Resource Director Danielle Henry started the local walk to provide the opportunity to those with disabilities to participate in supporting breast cancer awareness initiatives.
"I started this walk in order to bring awareness of breast cancer to the people that we serve here at Independent Living Services," she said. "Breast cancer affects individuals with disabilities; however, it is not always talked about. I wanted to share with the people we serve how awarness can help and potentially save a life."
The ILS Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on East Robins Street in Conway.
The event was modeled after the annual Susan G. Komen walk in Little Rock.
"Our consumers can't always make it to the walk in Little Rock, so this is our way of giving them the opportunity to show their support," Henry said.
Two local women affected by breast cancer spoke at Friday's event -- Kathryn Young, a woman who receives ILS aide and recently lost her sister to breast cancer, as well as Nikki Phillips, an ILS staff member who is an 8-year breast cancer survivor.
"Although Kathryn and Nikki are different, they were both able to bond over how breast cancer has affected the two of them," Henry said.
Music at the event was provided by Miguel Henry Sr. of MJ's Auto and awareness materials were donated by Conway Regional Health System and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Friday's event marked the community's second annual walk, and, Henry said, those who participated are "looking forward to many more to come."
The walk was organized by the ILS human resource department -- Henry, Ashley Goode, Tiffany Baker and ReShonda Powell.