Nearly 2,000 African-American women and men gather to gain ‘The Power, The Passion & The Power to Beat Breast Cancer’ at the 2011 Sisters for the Cure event on December 10. Women from Delaware, Camden, Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs - representing three or more generations of families - attend the event to empower their futures against breast cancer. Mothers and grandmothers share the Sisters for the Cure experience with their daughters and granddaughters in a commitment to enriching their lives with knowledge and hope of the cures. The morning starts with the Tabernacle International Deliverance Ministry, performing ‘No More Secrets,’ a riveting portrayal of the importance of communicating, sharing and family history in the fight against breast cancer. Breast care professionals from Albert Einstein Medical Center educate and inspire at breakfast: Darnelle Dorsainville, MS speaks on genetics; Dr. Lisa Jablon addresses myths & truths; Nadine Smith shares her survival story; Dr. Donnee Patterson speaks on community outreach. Breast cancer and brain cancer survivor, Nadine Smith, inspires thousands to seek help and have faith by sharing intimate details of her cancer journey. For many, Sisters for the Cure is a holiday tradition and a way to prepare for health in the new year, as well as to celebrate sisterhood, empowerment and hope that breast cancer can be overcome. The Affiliate’s Champion Sponsor of the Promise, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, presents one of two group sessions addressing common questions, nutrition and faith: Dr. Ari Brooks; Nhu Huynh; Rev. Wendell Scanterbury. Also part of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America session, “Beyond the Basics – Insights, Integration & Empowerment,” breast cancer survivors share their stories & their HOPE: Dawn Jones, Nicole Cyrille & Phyllis Ellis. The group was divided for two more intimate sessions, with each group experiencing both presentations, with a light-exercise intermission presented by Albert Einstein Medical Center. From Crozer-Keystone Health System, Dr. Stephen Shore and Dr. John Lamond help present one of the group sessions, “Breast Cancer – What Every Woman Needs to Know & Share.” Also from Crozer-Keystone Health System, and contributing to a very educational panel presentation are Dr. Thomas Matulewski, Breast Surgeon, and Mary Rooney, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN. Men play a critical role in the Sisters for the Cure community, supporting their wives & mothers, as well as educating themselves to help assure healthy lifestyle choices are maintained in their families. A Sisters for the Cure tradition, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Butterflies Sisterhood Organization generously volunteer their time for the event. We thank the leadership and staff at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for hosting our enormous crowd with insightful planning, impeccable service & obvious dedication to the cause. Showing their support & devotion to providing women in need with life-saving breast health services are Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Grantees: Nora Katurakes, Christiana Care Health System (left), and Rochelle Millhouse, Albert Einstein Medical Center. Women come from all walks of life – some attending Sisters for the Cure for the first time, others for the 8th year, and ALL ready to grow their knowledge & ability to live in a world with breast cancer. V.I.P.s from the lunch session: Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and Jerry T. Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, as well as Power of the Promise Community Service Award recipient. The group of nearly 2,000 reunite for the lunch session to the celebratory & spiritually uplifting voices of Cheyney of University of Pennsylvania Choir. Keynote speaker and extraordinary community advocate, Ahmeenah Young, CEO & President of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority energizes, embraces and motivates women to take charge of their health & future. In her hallmark pink tutu Jennie Johnson invites women to learn from – and act on –her experience surviving breast cancer. Jennie also received The Affiliate’s Spirit of the Promise award. The young talents from PHILADANCO! Provide add to our celebration with two spiritual and moving performances. These smiles say it all about our life-enriching & potentially life saving event – together, all generations and cultures can obtain, share and nurture within each other the power and the passion to defeat breast cancer. Mistress of Ceremonies for the entire day, as well as her 8th Sisters for the Cure, Natasha Brown of Eyewitness news on CBS 3/The CW Philly shares a moment with Komen Philadelphia Affiliate CEO, Elaine Grobman. 120 dedicated volunteers generously give their time and spirit to assure a successful event, as well as raise funds for its continuation: Mary Spotswood, Jason Lichterman, Brenda Wade & Tangee Gibson, Affiliate Board Member.