DALLAS TX (September 10, 2018) Actress and comedian Kym Whitley will be the honorary chairperson of the 17th Annual Sister to Sister Fitness Festival that brings awareness to the issues facing women of color who are impacted by breast cancer.
The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center, 310 E. Parkerville Road, Cedar Hill, Texas. The festival features a 5K walk/run, onsite mobile mammography unit, cooking demonstrations from chefs Cassondra Armstrong and Tavon Burrows, a Miss Fit and Fabulous Contest, exercise classes and education on breast health.
Both the number of women in the United States acquiring breast cancer and dying from the disease is decreasing. However, women of color, specifically African American women, still are diagnosed after the disease has progressed, which leads to a 46% higher death rate, according to the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health. Lack of information and inadequate health care are contributors to the disparities in survival rates for women of color, said Sylvia Dunnavant Hines, Celebrating Life Foundation founder and executive director.
“I started the foundation and the walk because too frequently, women of color I knew would not discuss their illnesses, would delay seeking medical treatment and then they died too soon,” Dunnavant Hines said. “The foundation encourages women to get annual mammograms and learn more about breast health. If they have breast cancer, who offer a variety of support services.”
The National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute surveillance estimates there will 266,120 new female breast cancer cases in 2018 with an estimated 40,920 deaths. The five-year survival rate is now estimated at 87.9 percent. Unfortunately, that trend is not indicated in African American women, who have a mortality rate of 28.7 per 100,000 women, according to research between 2011-2015. The death rate for all races is 20.9 percent per 100,000.
“It is because of these devastating facts that we have got to be more aggressive in reaching our community about this disease. In poker when you place all your chips on the table, they say you are all in. This year we are asking the community to get all in,” added Hines.
Whitley is mostly recently known to TV audiences from the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the docuseries “Raising Whitley” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in OWN’s history.
KRNB’s Daytime Radio Diva, Lynn Haze and WFAA’s senior crime and justice reporter Rebecca Lopez are the Fitness Festival hosts.
Program sponsors include:
Charleston Methodist Hospital, the DeSoto Arts Commission, Chris Howell Communications, the Gourmet Bread Pudding Company, KRNB Radio, A Gift forMoms, and the Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center.
For information on vendor booths and registration, please visit: www.celebratinglife.org.
For media information, contact Stephanie Pierre 214-548-1758. #sistertosisterfitness2018