Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: C/O Mt. Zion Human Services 945 20th Street South St Petersburg FL 33713 USA

Mission: A community support organization formed to assist African American and other minority women through their fight against Breast Cancer.
Target demographics: educate women about breast and cervical cancers
Geographic areas served: Pinellas County

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer is an awesome organization! Before the founding member Jackie Brown lost her battle with cancer, she was always supportive and encouraging to my best friend Tisha Cassaway! They are both in heaven having a hallelujah good time! No more pain and suffering!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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14 people found this review helpful

This is an awesome non-profit that was founded by Jackie Brown. Jackie wanted to spread the word about cancer to the African American Community in St Petersburg. Awareness and early detection was her focus. Her dreams were to get into the areas where lack of insurance, lack of knowledge, etc., was a draw back to many. She wanted to provide workshops, seminars and educational experience for those that came to the group for support. Jackie lost her battle with cancer in August, 2009. Her dreams are being carried out by the faith members of the group. Her legacy will live on.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Membership growth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to do what I am doing by supporting the members, providing educational needs and being there for them at all times. I would make sure that the purpose of the group be known outside of our four walls and into the community where needed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everyone comes together and support each other and welcomes all new comers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The ladies of this group are mostly cancer survivors. There is also a group of supporters, Sistah's Supporting Sistah's Surviving Breast CAncer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide office space and equipment for the Sistah's; a place for them to call "home away from home", relaxing, exercising, pampering; transportation; workshops, and provide financial help to other survivors.

Ways to make it better...

I caould focus on the group on a full time basis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funds needed to operate in a more proficient manner.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I want to see the Sistah's grow outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. We want to be well know for our good intentions to spread the word of awareness and early detection.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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I have been a member of this support group since its beginning. It has been a wonderful experience for me since my diagnosis. I know my family loves me but they cannot understand how it feels to go through breast cancer, no matter how they try. Being a part of a group of women who can totally relate to what you are talking about is such an inspiration. Everyone is very upbeat and excited about life. We continuously lift each others spirits (sometimes we even cry together, but we do not make that a habit). When new women come to the group they are welcomed with open arms and know that they are not alone!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My community serving minority women diagnosed with cancer so they know that they do not have to go it alone.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love and support from the other members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very Kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help spread awareness and educate the community to help lower the death rate in our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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I first connected with "Sistahs" in March, 2008 at my first weekend with cancer survivors. What a joy that was! We had wonderful meals, relaxing treats such as facials, massages, hair and makeup does and don'ts as well as crafts such as self-made jewelery and tee shirts. It was wonderful. The following 2nd Tuesday, I was at my first Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer meeting and have attended each one, except when out of town, ever since.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their growth. The growth has come about by the willingness of the participants to do whatever they can to spread knowledge of the disease and how one can fight it as well as live with it to conquer it and tell others about their personal triumphs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change very little. I would try to continue to get the best information to the community on the most up-to-date sources of treatment, surgeries and medication as well as preventable steps to conquer this dread disease.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the information that I have been exposed to and have gained. People perish because they lack knowledge. The information has been explained to me on my level which makes it even easier to give out to another person. I am grateful for that.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

among the most knowledgable and compassionate people I have ever met. Not only do they know about their particular field, but they know about the adjoining fields that are also involved in the fight against cancer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

more easily get the information of early detection and monthly self-examination out in the communities. It could provide free mammograms and treatments to those without insurance and need for same.

Ways to make it better...

I had come in contact with the organization earlier in my cancer experience. That way I might have saved myself some unnecessary worrying about myself and others.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

1)getting early detection information out to the community, 2)distilling the myths that are already hampering the early detection of cancer in the African-Amer communities and 3)getting the individuals to practice early detection self-exams monthly.

One thing I'd also say is that...

fear of the unknown is very difficult to overcome. Some people prefer not know what can hurt them. When the results of knowing what may hurt as soon as possible are explained, it may help to conquer these fears as well. Knowledge is powerful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Sistah's Surviving Breast Cancer (SSBC) provided support through personal testimonies, referrals, education, community volunteer/activities, and sistah communication. I appreciate their ongoing efforts to raise awareness in our community and thank SSBC for their services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our community. They provide the necessary breast cancer awareness into the African American community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Sistahhood - Family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always willing to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open a Wellness Center JUST FOR cancer patients - NO CHARGE. The center would include BC beauty and clothing, spa, exercise room and classes, etc.

Ways to make it better...

Experience was great

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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