Survivors from Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer share messages of strength

A unique performance showcasing the heroism and stories of Black breast cancer survivors, caretakers, and families anchors the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC) third annual celebration and report to the community.

The performance takes place September 7, 2013, 5 - 8 pm, at the Black Theater Troupe, Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts, 1333 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

"Through these inspirational stories, we will help educate and highlight the significant challenges Black breast cancer survivors face," said Marion Kelly, director of community and business relations at Mayo Clinic. "We hope that these profiles of courage will inspire and encourage those who may be face with a similar diagnosis. The personal relationships developed over the three plus years that the CBBC has been in existence is the fuel that continues my fire to education to our community." Kelly is a co-founder of the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer along with Michele Halyard, M.D., vice-dean, Mayo Medical School - Arizona Campus.

Susan Casper, host of Sonoran Living Live, will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. The event includes a reception prior to the performance where attendees can interact with the survivors featured in the performance.  In addition, the CBBC Pavilion area will include experts in the breast health and cancer specialization fields available for information and discussion prior to the performance.

The Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC) is the only group within the Phoenix Metropolitan area that specifically targets Black men and women of African descent diagnosed with breast cancer. The coalition is an initiative of the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Gamma Mu Boule, and Mayo Clinic. The CBBC was developed to bring education and awareness, to provide access to treatment, and to better understand health care disparities among African-American breast cancer patients.

The CBBC membership meetings take place the third Sunday of each month, 3 - 5 pm, at the Wellness Community, 360 E. Palm Lane in Phoenix. Anyone interested in learning more about breast cancer treatment, support, and care are welcome to attend.

Our Survivor's Stories (Linked here and follow in attachments)

Barbra Watson-Riley: "I Survived Cancer in the Fast Lane"

Gina Bowser: "I Thank God for Preparing Me for My Diagnosis"

Janet Shobe: "The Lord Truly Blessed Me Through It All"

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