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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 31 January 2007

Cancer is a word that is feared in the African American community. It's affecting mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and sons and daughters at an alarming rate. In honor of Black History Month, Cierra Sisters is hosting its second annual community conference on cancer.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. in Tukwila. There is no charge to attend, but advanced registration is requested. To register, call 206-505-9194.
The community dialogue on cancer and wellness will feature a panel discussion on men's health, information booths and local entertainment. Featured speakers include Dr. Michael Hunter from Evergreen Medical Center; Dr. Julie Gralow from the University of Washington's Medical Center; and Pastor Robert Manaway from Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.
Learn what it's like when you're faced with cancer and what you can do to live a healthy life. Speakers include cancer experts, therapists, cancer survivors and family members. There will also be a youth talent show immediately following the conference. The daylong event is designed to be a family affair for people of all ages. Lunch is included.
Cierra Sisters is an African American breast cancer support and survivors group that was founded by Bridgette Richardson, a breast cancer survivor. "Cierra," an African name meaning "knowing" reminds us that when we have knowledge, we have power against the effects of breast cancer.
Cierra Sisters meets from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.
For more information, call Cierra Sisters at 206-505-9194 or visit their Web site at www.cierrasisters.org.

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