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Nearly 4,000 women and men from around the nation will walk through Houston’s historic Third Ward community during Sisters Network Inc. “Stop the Silence” 1st National African American Breast Cancer 5K walk/run on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The walk kicks off at Emancipation Park, 3018 Dowling @ Elgin from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Participants will walk east on Elgin Street; u-turn just before Scott Street and continue west on Elgin Street and conclude at Emancipation Park.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. The overall incidence rate of breast cancer is 10% lower in black women than in white women. African American women have a 77% survival rate after diagnosis as compared to 90% for white women according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), Facts & Figures 2009-2010.

Sisters Network Inc. stop the silence breast cancer awareness logo

“The response to Sisters Network “Stop the Silence” walk has been tremendous. Our organization is so proud that nearly 4,000 women and men from around the United States want to help shine the national spotlight on the breast cancer problem in our community. To see thousands of African American women and men walk in unity for such an important health issue is powerful and definitely will be a sight to see. I’m grateful and blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of such an historic event, ” said Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc.

Funds raised from the Stop the Silence® Walk benefit Sisters Network Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) which provide assistance to women facing financial challenges after diagnosis. The national program provides free mammograms and financial assistance for medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits, prescriptions, and transportation.

Organizers encourage participants to arrive early, carpool and use designated parking lots at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2702 Dowling; Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 2201 Tuam; Womack Properties Lot, 3504 Dowling @ Holman; Progressive Amateur Boxing Association (PABA), Stuart @ Dowling; Bastrop @ Stuart; Bastrop @ Elgin; Riverside Clinic, 3315 Delano; 3rd Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis; and Change Happens, 3353 Elgin. Four roundtrip shuttles will be provided from Metro West Loop Park and Ride, 4675 S. Braeswood @ South Loop. Pick up times are 6:45 a.m; 7:15 a.m; 8:15 a.m and 8:30 a.m. Parking is also available on city streets except in areas with no parking signs, red zones and fire hydrants.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is the Honorary Chair. Judge Glenda Hatchett and Zina Garrison are Honorary Celebrity Chairs.

The National sponsor is sanofi-aventis. Local sponsors are Aetna; Metro; Sysco Foods. Media/Community partners include Majic102.1; Praise 92.1; KBXX 97.9; KCOH Radio; The Wash Allen Show; KPRC-TV; Houston Style Magazine, Houston Sun Newspaper, Rolling Out Magazine, D-Mars Newspaper; Texas Business Alliance; Friends of Emancipation Park and the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department.

About Sisters Network Inc.
Sisters Network® Inc. ,(SNI) is a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. The organization’s purpose is to save lives through breast health awareness and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country. Currently, Sisters Network has 40 affiliate chapters in 22 cities nationwide. The national headquarters is located in Houston, Texas. As a nationally recognized organization among leading medical establishments and breast cancer physicians, Sisters Network is also recognized as a critical information resource for African American women.

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