East Texas Medical Center Pin-A-Sister is hosting a free breast
health summit for those interested in breast health on Saturday,
Sept. 21, featuring keynote speaker Coqueace "Koco" Powell, a
breast cancer survivor and a national volunteer speaker for the
Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure™.
The event will be held at the St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000
Frankston Hwy., in Tyler with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and
the summit concluding at noon. The summit is supported by the ETMC
Breast Care Center and Susan G. Komen Tyler.
Conference highlights will include healthy living
demonstrations, managing hormones by ETMC First Physician Dr.
Maxwell Kwaku, in memory of balloon release, health resource fair,
networking opportunities with health professionals and community
members, ETMC Pin-A-Sister community partners' recognition and
gospel music by the Texas College Choir and Kirisma Evans. Anissa
Centers, KLTV news anchor, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
The keynote speaker is also founder of the uplifting group,
"Sexy after 30," and is featured on a Dallas TV show as a beauty
In 2010, ETMC Tyler launched its Pin-A-Sister program in Tyler.
Modeled after a program in Chicago, the campaign uses a strategy
that has long been successful in the African-American community:
Get the church involved. Breast cancer survivors provide personal
testimonies at their home churches. In addition, churches host
Pin-A-Sister ceremonies in which participating women pin each other
with pink ribbons and pledge to get an annual screening mammograms.
To date, 6,500 African-American women in Smith County have been
Registration is free but limited. All participants will receive
breakfast, program materials, a tote bag and be eligible for door
prizes. Please contact Regina Davis at 903-596-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org