Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Oct. 23, 2014 _lowres

Advocate photo by Aaron E. Looney -- Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. issues a proclamation during the City Council's Oct. 14 meeting declaring the third Sunday in October as Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Pictured with the proclamation are, first row from, City Council Vice Chairman Lauthaught Delaney Sr., Ascension Parish Recreation Program Coordinator Ajia Mitchell, local breast cancer survivor Wanda August and Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr.; and second row, City Councilmen Emile Spano, Reginald Francis Sr. and Charles Brown Sr. Not pictured is City Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin.

The Ascension Parish Recreation Department, River Road African American Museum and the Ascension Parish Breast Cancer Awareness Committee will host a week of activities acknowledging October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, said Parish president Tommy Martinez.

Donaldsonville officials gathered Oct. 14 to proclaim the third Sunday in October as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the city.

“We don’t know how to prevent breast cancer, but there are things we can do to reduce the risk and things we can do to detect it early,” Ajia Mitchell, program coordinator with the Ascension Parish Recreation Department and committee member, said in a news release. “Please join us for this informative and enlightening program supporting our communities’ breast cancer survivors.”

Mitchell said previous cancer awareness events in Donaldsonville have raised more than $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. She said this year’s goal, along with fundraising, is to get at least 100 participants to join in the Donaldsonville Breast Cancer Awareness Week activities.

Activities include a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday and a balloon release Monday.

“We invite all cancer survivors and family members of all ages to join us,” Mitchell said. “Please sign up for the Donaldsonville Cancer Survivor Support Group being established by participants.”

For information call Ajia Mitchell, Ascension Parish Recreation Department at (225) 473-3898, or by email at