By Dawn Paul – Associate Editor – Sisters Network Inc. (SNI) is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. 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. SNI, founded by Karen Eubanks Jackson in 1994, is a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. SNI 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 affiliate survivor run chapters nationwide. As a nationally recognized organization among leading medical establishments and breast cancer physicians, SNI is also recognized as a critical information resource for African American women.
Jackson is a well-known and respected figure in Houston and around the nation for her continuous efforts through SNI. A breast cancer survivor, she has been working diligently at the helm of this country’s only African American breast cancer survivorship organization. SNI is necessary and relevant not only to Houston and the surrounding areas, but the nation, because it addresses the needs particular to African American women. Though SNI is an organization, it is known by many as a movement, helping to ensure that African American women diagnosed with breast cancer receive quality medical care and social support. In addition to its other initiatives to continue its mission to bring local and national attention to the impact that breast cancer has on the African American community, SNI recently held its annual Stop the Silence Walk.
SNI’s annual Stop the Silence Walk recently brought Houstonians together to raise awareness for breast cancer among African American women. Mayor Sylvester Turner and other elected officials and community leaders were in attendance. The Stop the Silence Walk will continue to be an annual Houston tradition, raising awareness and encouraging the community to get involved in the fight against breast cancer.
Jackson formed SNI to provide education, programs, hope, support, and empowerment to women of color. SNI is helping to create a healthier Houston by addressing the breast health needs of African American women with their initiatives and programs. SNI’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) provides services to women facing financial challenges. The great thing about BCAP is that it also provides free mammograms to those who qualify. With over 40 affiliate chapters of SNI, they are able to provide support to African American women across the nation. SNI has other programs and initiatives for breast cancer awareness, and its annual Stop the Silence Walk is one of those necessary initiatives.
SNI is the voice in the African American women’s fight against breast cancer.