Many of you may be aware of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk/run that takes place every year across the nation, including here in St. Louis. I have had the privilege of participating in this walk every year for one of my friends who is a breast cancer survivor, and more recently my cousin, who was also diagnosed. For those not familiar, it is my joy to introduce you to yet another wonderful organization whose goal is to win the fight against breast cancer. Their walk is called Sista Strut!
Sista Strut is in its 3rd year and was created to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community resources. Studies show that African-American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a younger age and have a death rate from breast cancer twice that of Caucasian women of the same age. Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survivors, their family and friends, heightens awareness and promotes early detection and the search for a cure. This year, the walk/run will feature health resources, motivational speeches, community leaders and insight from expert physicians, all in the effort of educating african american women and equipping them with the information needed to win the fight.
Proceeds from Sista Strut 2012 will benefit:
- The Breakfast Club, Inc., an African-American breast cancer support group founded in 1997 by St. Louisian and breast cancer survivor Sherrill Jackson.
- The Black Women Breast Cancer Survivors Project, a community-based project that conducts programming and research guided by black women breast cancer survivors, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
- The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach for Missouri and beyond.
So I ask?…..Who are you Struttin’ for?
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