Recently, stakeholders met to discuss and plan fundraising strategies to build and equip the center.
"Things like this take time but I am extremely grateful to have such an excellent group of individuals who are dedicated to the cause of cancer prevention. Without the support of various donors, this project would not be possible," said Freddie White-Johnson, founder and president of FLHCF.
One stakeholder suggested involving governmental entities and rallying the support of other cancer foundations.
"Stakeholders are highly essential to the foundation. They render their time and expertise," she added.
The speakers for the forum were Dr. Alfio Rausa, vice president of the FLHCF, and Gordon Cannon, vice president of research for the FLHCF.
"The purpose of this forum was to share ideas and receive validation on a few suggestions. The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is a wonderful organization and its purpose is what makes it outstanding. The resource center is the second largest project for the foundation. The first project is cancer prevention," said Cannon.
Cannon presented findings from a recent study that outlined cancer disparities in the United States among various races.
"The disparities cannot be explained genetically and in my opinion the disparity can only be explained through various forms of cancer prevention care. It is wonderful to have individuals to do studies such as this but the study primarily focused on the 41 largest cities in the nation and the Mississippi Delta is not one of them," he added.
Cannon said he is very pleased with the work of the foundation because it aids in changing the trend in studies conducted about cancer prevention in the Mississippi Delta.
"In the name of the foundation, I work across the state of Mississippi to provide individuals with knowledge and free medical exams. Cancer does not discriminate on the basis of gender or race. It can affect anyone, and that is why I am dedicated to aid in the prevention or early detection of cancer among individuals who live in rural communities," said Johnson.
According to Johnson, the foundation was formed to decrease the risk of cancer and to lower the death rates of cancer patients in the Mississippi Delta.
"We are committed to fighting and developing solutions to address cancer health disparities and we are working to construct a building that will offer cancer patients information and solutions to copping with cancer," added Johnson.
Rausa said he attributes the success of the foundation to Johnson's diligence and hard work.
"I know that the construction of the resource center may take some time but Mrs. Johnson works earnestly and I know she is going to do all that she can to make sure that the building is constructed," added Rausa.
"She is so dedicated to this project and she is working very hard to make this all possible. Mrs. Johnson has even assisted me with several projects and we are really lucky to have such a dedicated person that is working to combat a very serious issue," he continued.
After stakeholders discussed an array of fundraising strategies, Tallahatchie County Assistant Warden Dwight Fondren stood up and said, "The inmates and I take great pride in the community."
"We are in the community and we are impacted by what happens in the community. With that being said, we want to make sure that the foundation continues its efforts. I would like to donate $5,000 to the foundation on behalf of the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility," said Fondren.
Johnson stood up, with tears in her eyes, and said, "Thank you so much, I was not expecting this."
"The money will be used to help build the resource center in Ruleville and aid low-income individuals in the Delta that are in need of mammograms. Sometimes I am amazed at how passionate people are about the foundation. This is a blessing," she added.
According to Cannon, the foundation's headquarters is a grass roots project but he is certain that it will happen.
"With a person like Freddie spear heading this project, I am confident that it will be completed. I have been involved with the foundation now for two years and it is just a remarkable entity. I am in it for the long haul," he added.
Johnson said she challenges everyone to become a legacy and be a hero. Reach one, teach one, save one," she added.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit, volunteer awareness, independent, community-supported charitable organization dedicated to the eradication of cancer in Mississippi, particularly in the Mississippi Delta, through education, support services, research, and advocacy.