Karen Eubanks Jackson:  A Visionary and Leader in the African American Breast Cancer Movement

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Karen Eubanks Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Sister’s Network®, Inc. (SNI).  She has been recognized nationally as a true visionary and leader in the African American breast cancer movement.  SNI is the nation’s only African American breast cancer survivorship organization. Jackson continues to lead SNI’s nationwide effort to focus the spotlight on increasing breast cancer awareness in the African American community. The organization provides standardized national educational outreach programs, survivor and family support, empowerment, hope and financial assistance to thousands of women annually through its national network of more than 40 survivor-run affiliate chapters located in more than 20 states.

Eubanks-Jackson receiving the Icon Award at the 2014 d-mars.com Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards Gala

In 1994, Jackson founded SNI during her personal fight to survive breast cancer. Jackson recognized a lack of “sisterhood” in traditional organizations, and there was a staggering breast cancer mortality rate for African American women and limited culturally sensitive material. Often referred to as a breast cancer champion, Jackson’s primary motivation was to break through the silence and shame of breast cancer that immobilizes African American women, restricts their ability to receive support services, interferes with early detection and ultimately affects their survival rates.

Under her leadership and vision, the organization has developed numerous national breast health outreach initiatives including, but not limited to, hosting the Stop the Silence Walk and Teens4Pink.  Since the organization’s inception, SNI has provided over $1 million in conference scholarships to help train African American breast cancer survivors to be advocate leaders in their communities.

Understanding the historical difficulty in the African American community to discuss cancer and other health concerns, Jackson created a national slogan and branding campaign: STOP THE SILENCE, to encourage African Americans to discuss their family health and history.

A recognized and highly sought after breast cancer expert, Jackson is frequently invited to speak on the international and national stage and share her perspective on the state of breast cancer in the African American community. She has been a featured speaker at the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center in Germany, the National Congressional Black Caucus and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as other organizations. Jackson has been featured in numerous national newspapers, magazines, television, radio programs and Internet media outlets, inclusive of the Huffington Report, Essence, New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Ebony, Web MD, Black Enterprise, Breast Cancer Wellness, Tom Joyner Morning Show and numerous local media outlets. Jackson is a published co-author of several works.  Additionally, Jackson’s breast health advocacy work has garnered numerous awards and recognitions.

A leader, visionary and most importantly, a breast cancer survivor, Jackson continues to make a difference and raise awareness on this disease impacting African American women.  For more on Sister’s Network®, Inc. and their 2017 Stop the Silence® Walk, please visit www.sistersnetworkinc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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