1. Pink Well Challenge Finalist Profile: Sisters' Journey


    Sisters’ Journey’s mission is to encourage self advocacy through education, support and awareness about breast cancer, targeting communities of color; where statistically mortality rates are higher.

    As a volunteer based organization we have accomplished this through our monthly support group meetings, survivors sharing their stories at churches and high schools, beauty shop chats, community partnerships, a Mother/Daughter Scholarship Brunch, the Pink Tea Survivor’s recognition luncheon and our annual calendar.

    TV and radio appearances, as well as the newspaper have also allowed us to get out our early detection message to even the net yet diagnosed.

    We are continuing our founder’s vision of creating a calendar which breaks the silence within cultures that were reluctant to speak out on personal issues. This vision has inspired more than 150 breast cancer survivors to share their stories. We featured women in our calendar from all over the country and as far away as India.

    Our calendar unveiling event has grown to almost 700 listening to the latest developments in breast cancer, by nationally recognized speakers. The need for larger venues has taken us to the convention halls of Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casinos.

    We would like to someday have a building dedicated to the memory of our founder, called the Linda White-Epps Center for Breast Cancer Survivors. A place that survivors and their families could come to for resources, learn about good nutrition and exercise, have meetings and meet other survivors.

    To build upon the support programs and services we already have in place, as mentioned above. We would like to continue to pay the travel expenses of the survivor’s for the training and advocacy work we do on Capital Hill in Washington DC. And help to defray the cost of personal items that will assist in improving ones physical and mental well being, such as the purchase of wigs, bras, scarves and lap blankets to be used during treatments etc.

    In the 2011 Sisters’ Journey Calendar, Ms July, Christine Hamett-Ulmer, courageously tells of her story of survival. She was encouraged by a member of Sisters’ Journey to make an appointment, she had a mammogram, and was later diagnosed with breast cancer. “Chrissy” had the necessary treatment and is now a cancer survivor. You can read Chrissy’s full story at