by Stacey Cato

She’s one of Good Morning America’s most watched women, but throughout the city of Pass Christian, she is known as its very own hometown hero.

This past Saturday, Robin Roberts returned to her stomping grounds for a special appearance in her sister Dorthy’s local unique downtown shop, Robin’s Nest.

It was the second anniversary of the opening of the jewelry, art and gift shop which was named in her honor.

“It’s because of her love of Pass Christian that we’ve placed this name,” Dorothy explained. “People come to this store and say it’s on their bucket list because they love Robin. They may not know anything about the store but they come in because they want to feel that energy and feel that spirit.”

The shop took flight soon after the doors opened last year, attracting residents from near and far.

“We’re just grateful to reach our second anniversary,” Dorothy said as she smiled looking around at the hundreds of people who came in and out the doors Saturday.

“It feels great to be home,” Robin told everyone.

“I’m so grateful for all the work that’s been done and the progress that continues to be made.”

As part of the celebration shoppers entered their names in a drawing for a chance to win over $500 worth of merchandise. Just before Robin headed out, she pulled the lucky winner from a glass bowl Dorothy held in front of the crowd.

The success of Robin’s Nest was just one of the many special occasions the Roberts family had to celebrate while she was home.

The other major milestone was Robin’s 5th year cancer free after her successful bone marrow transplant.

“I know that my life was saved because of early detection,” Robin said. “The mammogram didn’t detect it but the ultra sound did.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Robin hopes to see everyone take part in spreading the word.