These events are raising awareness about breast cancer: 'Our community cares'

Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-06 14:27:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- With more than 47,000 estimated new breast cancer cases in Virginia in 2023, local organizations are bringing awareness to the cause and highlighting those who are beating the disease.

Breast cancer awareness month is officially in October, but the Sisters Network Central Virginia hosts their main event every year in September.

This year, it is the group's first-ever 5K walk/run.

“It's broken down into three phases. It's a one mile. It's a three mile and it's a five mile,” said Sisters Network member, Deborah Jackson.

Deborah Jackson
Deborah Jackson

Participants will get to choose their own distance.

The Sisters in the Park 5k Walk/Run event will happen Saturday, Sept. 16 at Byrd Park.

The event may be different this year, but the mission is the same.

“To give out information and to help people understand the importance of your monthly breast exams, your clinical exams and your annual mammogram," Jackson said.

Cheryl Tankersley is back with the signature event, Our Laughter in the Rain gala. It's a night of showering cancer survivors and warriors with love and support.

“It's a night we want to make them feel like a princess. We want them to know our community cares about them,” Tankersley said.

Cheryl Tankersley
Cheryl Tankersley

The complimentary event will feature guest speaker Erin Weidemann, a five-time cancer survivor from Montana. There will also be the much-anticipated fashion show with those battling cancer now and then.

“Part of this is bringing awareness. Letting them tell their stories so they can encourage someone else. Hey girl, you can do this. You can do this,” said Tankersley.

She says the event at the Short Pump Hilton on Sept. 24 is all about hope and joy.

“We want them to leave full with a heart full of joy,” Tankersley said.

Registration is required for both events.

Sisters in the Park
Sisters in the Park
Our Laughter in the Rain
Our Laughter in the Rain

CBS 6 Anchor Reba Hollingsworth will emcee the Sisters Network event as well as the “Our Laughter in the Rain” gala along with CBS 6 anchors Tracy Sears and Greg McQuade.

Reba Hollingsworth continues Buddy Check 6 reports in honor of Stephanie Rochon
Reba Hollingsworth continues Buddy Check 6 reports in honor of Stephanie Rochon

On the 6th of the month, CBS 6 and VCU Massey Cancer Center remind women to contact their buddy to remind them to conduct a monthly breast self-exam. If it is time, you should also schedule an annual clinical breast exam and mammogram, which are key to early detection.


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