Sisters Network® lnc. is the first national African American breast cancer survivorship organization. Founded in 1994, this 501 (c)3 organization currently has 44 chapters across the nation with over 3,000 members (survivors) and associate members. Under the direction of Founder and National President, Karen E. Jackson, Sisters Network® lnc. has become a nationally recognized organization within the medical community and a critical resource for African American women fighting breast cancer. Sisters Network® lnc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. This survivor run organization promotes the importance of support, breast health education, advocacy, and research, through its Annual African American Breast Cancer National Conference, Annual 5K Walk, affiliate chapters, educational outreach projects, organizational collaborations, corporate partnerships and private donations.
The Sisters Network Central VA Inc. Chapter, was formed in January 2005. Fifteen survivors and twelve associate members saw the need for a second chapter in our community. We advocate early detection as the best defense against breast cancer. This organization coordinates community forums and offers seminars to educate the underserved communities in Central Virginia about breast cancer, the risk factors and preventive measures.
The Central VA Chapter hosts its Gift for Life Block Walk® every year in the month of September. The walk consists of canvassing door-to-door in an underserved area to distribute breast health information. Through our Pink Ribbon Awareness Initiative, we participate in faith placed outreaches in the community to distribute pink ribbons and breast health information to heighten awareness regarding breast cancer and early detection. Survivors give testimonies to educate, inspire and encourage persons in attendance. These are National events that are implemented by all affiliate chapters.
The stigmas of breast cancer, in underserved communities, often leave survivors with a feeling of isolation. Our local chapter provides breast cancer survivors, in underserved communities, a supportive environment to express their fears, concerns, and experiences. We provide unconditional acceptance to the breast cancer survivor the moment she joins our family. We welcome survivors and non-survivors to join Sisters Network Central VA Inc. Chapter in the fight against breast cancer.
Please feel free to join us every third Sunday at 4:30 pm, for our monthly support group meetings at our office, 105 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219. For more information regarding membership or sponsorship please call (804) 447-4027. All written communication should be sent to P.O. Box 26442, Richmond, VA 23261. Our Combined Federal Campaign number is 10756.
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