Update 3/10/10

If you're a breast cancer survivor and you want to attend the Sisters Network's 11th annual conference, but feel you can't afford it, help is available.

Sisters Network Inc. announced the Avon Foundation for Women has awarded the organization a grant to fund scholarships for breast cancer survivors interested in attending the Hope and Healing conference.

It will be held on April 9-11, 2010 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Scholarship opportunties are available on a limited basis and will fund qualified applicants for conference registration, hotel accommodations and travel to Houston, Texas.

An applicant must be breast cancer suvivor, a first time conference attendee and apply by April 1, 2010.

A pioneer in African American breast cancer outreach, Sisters Network continues to host the only nationally focused and accredited conference specifically addressing the impact of breast cancer among African American women.

Click here for more information on the Sisters Network conference and the historic Stop the Silence 5K walk-run.

OOriginal story 1/18/10

The Sisters Network Inc. will hold its first national 5K walk and run on April 10 in Houston, Texas at the city's historic Emancipation Park.

Women from around the country are expected to participate in this historic walk to increase awareness about the deadly impact breast cancer has in the African American community.

Sisters Network Inc. has 40 chapters across the country including two in Richmond.

Local chapters hold annual walks where volunteers go door-to-door in low income areas handing out breast health information.

They also ask women questions about how they are monitoring their breast health by getting an annual mammogram and a clinical breast exam.

The national 5K walk and run will raise money for Sisters Network Breast Cancer Assistance Program which helps patients with financial challenges. This program has been in existence since 2006 and has provided free mammograms and financial assistance for: medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits, prescriptions and transportation.

Samantha Reed with the Central Virginia chapter says the women are so grateful for the help. Reed says it's amazing the number of women who are diagnosed and only because they got a free mammogram.

Your twenty-five dollar donation will help sponsor a team of local Sisters to attend the national walk which takes place in conjunction with the Sisters Network 11th Annual National African American Breast Cancer Conference.

Your donation will entitle you to have the name of a family member and or friend that has been touched by this devastating disease, appear on the back of the walk/run t-shirts.

The deadline to get your donation in is February 28th.

Checks should be made payable to SNCVA (Sisters Network Central Virginia) and can be given to a SNCVA member or mailed to P.O. Box 26442, Richmond, Virginia 23261.

You can contact the SNCVA at (804) 257-9131 or by email, sncva@yahoo.com.

Visit the Sisters Network Inc. website for more information.