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Birmingham City Councilors to Participate in the 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Sistah Strut Race

Studies show that about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016 alone, over 300,000 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed in women, not including the nearly 3,000 additional cases that are expected to be diagnosed in men. With epidemics like this on the rise, many citizens are taking steps to help find cures for this life changing illness. Today Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson will help aid the fight for awareness and “STRUT” for a cause as Council colleagues join her quest for community healing! The race will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 9 a.m., at Legion Field.

“It’s beyond important that citizens understand the value of early detection for diseases like breast cancer,” Councilor Tyson said. “We have a responsibility as leaders to continually spread the message of hope through community forums that promote healthy lifestyles .”

Sistah Strut recognizes the strength of survivors and is eager to raise funds that will aid in Breast Cancer research, early detection and a search for a cure. Citizens, especially survivors, are encouraged to share powerful testimonies of healing and rejuvenating energy along with proactive measures to fight this disease.

About Brenda Phillips Hong, Founder of Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies

After having a lumpectomy in 1990 and then a mastectomy in 1992, Brenda J. Phillips Hong was on the lookout for a Breast Cancer support group that met her needs. After a few visits with a group in Detroit, she realized that group wasn’t for her. Hong was a single African-American woman with no children or grandchildren. She was concerned about learning how to live with what she had been through and not feel empty. Upon finding the need to expand her original thought pattern, a non-profit corporation was formed. This enabled efforts of reaching out to more individuals in need of assistance. By 2010, she decided to launch Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies [BBBB] in Birmingham. The nonprofit group, geared to helping Victors and families, now has 23 members. All members aren’t Breast Cancer Victors, but feel the need to support the mission. This organization is dedicated to Charitable, Religious, Educational and Scientific purposes. Its mission is to Educate, Facilitate, and Install Programs and Activities that will empower Women and Men who are either Breast Cancer Victors or have been directly affected by this dreaded disease. The aim is to establish and operate non-profit educational programs on Breast Cancer Awareness for Minorities, low to medium income families, as well as the underserved. Further, to assist and encourage Breast Cancer Victors to “MO, GO, LO”! BBBB is tailored to speak LIFE to those who are in need of encouragement during and after the treatment and healing process. This organization is the amazing result of one woman’s passion and pursuit to conquer a disease and inspire a culture of women to do the same. Ms. Hong is passionate about bringing Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection into our community. BBBB sponsors two annual signature events: Pink Hat/Tie Luncheon where Breast Cancer Victors are honored and “Sistah Strut” where Awareness is brought into the community via Walking, Running, Strolling, etc. near and around the Legion Field area. At least four Community Health Forums are held annually and are free to the public. BBBB provides: transportation to local patients for Treatments, Financial Assistance with Mammograms, and a Scholarship Assistance Award via the Birmingham Black Nurses Association! “Sistah Strut” is a way for everyone to come together with kindred spirits to share our life experiences and to gather with like minds to address the needs of our community, as it relates to Breast Cancer. There are runs and there are walks, but everyone knows that “Sistahs” strut! “Sistahs” are not defined by race, ethnicity, or gender ~ it’s about spirit, attitude and intent. This event is about Passion, Purpose, and Pursuit.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please con205.254.2294.