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02 April 2014 Written by  Forward Times

SISTERS NETWORK®INC. 5TH ANNUAL NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN BREAST CANCER 5K WALK/RUN TO ATTRACT THOUSANDS OF PARTICIPANTS

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     Funds raised to benefit Sisters Network®Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP)

Houston, TX - Sisters Network Inc. (SNI), the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization, announced today an estimated 10,000 participants are expected to walk/run on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.,at the 5th Annual Stop the Silence National African American Breast Cancer 5k walk/run. The event will be held at the Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney.    

On-line registration is closed, however, participants can register on the morning of the event for $30.00 /individual or $300/team (minimum 10) from 7:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m. Please note, on-site registrants will receive walk t-shirts while supplies last. For more information, call 866-781-1808 or visitwww.stopthesilencewalk.org .Vendors will also be on hand with healthy snacks and special giveaways.

 

Funds raised benefit the SNI Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP), which provides free mammograms and financial assistance, medicine and medical co-pays for doctor visits, ensuring women have access to be screened for early detection.

 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. In 2013, an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer and 6,080 deaths are expected to occur among African American women according to the American Cancer Society Facts & Figures 2013-2014. The five-year survival rate for African American women is 78%, as compared to 90% for white women.

 

Last year, more than 8,000 people, including survivors from Houston and around the nation participated, as well as supporters walking in celebration of loved ones and friends who have survived breast cancer and in honor of those who have lost their battle against the deadly disease.

 

"It is truly a blessing and a phenomenal sight to see thousands of supporters walking in unity with Sisters Network to increase breast cancer awareness in the African American community and raise funds to help survivors around the nation," said Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc. "I am proud to say that Sisters Network members' commitment to educating African American women about the importance early detection remains as strong today as it was 20 years ago when we started. We will continue our journey to Stop the Silence until a cure is found."

 

Honorary Chairs include the Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District) and Wanda Adams, HISD Board of Education Trustee (District IX). Kandi Eastman of KMJQ Majic 102 is the Event Chair and Mistress of Ceremonies. Elected officials from the greater Houston-area, including Mayor Annise Parker are expected to be in attendance. 

 

Event sponsors to date include Eisai, Fiesta, Yoplait, Sysco, Astra Zeneca, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Walgreens, Genentech, and media partners - Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Comcast, D-Mars, Forward Times, Houston Style Magazine and Majic 102. National partner is Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

 

Event Schedule:        

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

On-site Registration

8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

Pre warm-up, Zumba/dance Warm-Up

9:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. 

Opening Ceremony

10:00 a.m

5K Walk/Run Kicks Off

11:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Closing Ceremony

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Entertainment and Vendors

   

About Sisters Network

 

Sisters Network® Inc., founded in 1994 by breast cancer survivor Karen E. Jackson, is a leading voice and only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. With Karen E. Jackson serving as Chair and CEO, Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee. Membership is 3,000, which includes more than 40 survivor-run affiliate chapters in 22 states nationwide. The organization's purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.