BY DEVIN HEFLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ORLANDO - Everybody knows somebody that’s been devastated by Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of Cancer death in the United States for women and the number one Cancer related death for Black women, followed by lung and colon cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
In 1994 in Houston, Texas, Karen Eubanks Jackson, sought to do something about this statistic. Her organization, the Sisters Network, was formed out of Jackson’s desire to spread awareness, provide statistics and create a survivorship network of those that stood against Breast Cancer and still stand.
The Orlando Chapter of the Sisters Network was chartered by then President, Sherlean Lee in 2005.
Lee was a fifteen year Breast Cancer survivor.
The Orlando Chapter is centered on bringing breast cancer awareness to the African-American community of Central Florida. Sisters Network, Incorporated mission is to fight breast cancer through education and by advocating annual mammograms and monthly self-breast examination (SBE).
They’re also committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in African American community.
Emma Davis replaced Lee as the organization’s new President in the early part of this year.
Davis, a native Central Floridian, graduated from Drew High School in Winter Garden, Florida and thereafter earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.
She’s retired from Lockheed Martin and currently spends her time as a substitute teacher and a volunteer at UF Health Cancer Center. She is involved in working for community and her church. She personally with help of friends provides coats for kids at inner city schools, particularly Rolling Hills Elementary.
Davis is a two time breast cancer survivor. She credits her faith and a higher power with her deliverance. “I give all praise, thanks and glory to God almighty.”
A member of Sisters Network Orlando Chapter since 2010, Davis’ plans as President are to educate women of breast cancer risk factors, bring local attention to the breast cancer awareness cause to Orlando and surrounding communities.
“We diligently distribute breast health pamphlets, share our stories, encourage and empower women in Orlando and surrounding areas to take control of their health. Our outreach efforts to promote early detection of breast cancer compels us to seek women in hair salons, churches, health fairs, sororities, health fairs, schools, and civic groups.” Said Emma Davis, the local chapter’s President.
“Our slogan is Unity begets Strength begets Power begets Change.”
“We work closely with our medical and community partners. We invite survivors and non survivors to join our chapter to be a part of our campaign to “Stop the Silence” in the Central Florida community and help save lives from breast cancer and all cancers.”
October 21, 2017 - Annual Gift for Life Block Walk – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 5200 W. South Street, Orlando, FL 32811
October 28, 2017 - Breast Cancer Awareness Day, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hart Boulevard Church of Christ, 600 N. Hart Avenue, Orlando, FL 32818
Sisters Network Orlando meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the UF Health Orlando Cancer Center, 1400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida at 2:00 p.m. Donations towards the organization are tax deductible.