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Published on August 27, 2016

Gift of Life Walk Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

By Stephanie Kim, First Coast news

Studies show that African-American women are nearly 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than other women. That's why dozens of survivors are working to change the statistic.

The Sisters Network Northeast Florida chapter held their 10th annual Gift of Life block walk outside the First Timothy Baptist church Saturday morning.

Dozens of survivors and supporters went door to door handing out life-saving information about breast cancer awareness.

The group specifically targeted neighborhoods identified in Health Zone 1, where poverty levels are the highest, and life expectancy rates are the shortest in Duval County.

The St. Vincent's mobile mammography unit and other resources were at the church to help educate the community.

"We know that the cancer that we get are aggressive and sometimes more difficult to treat, so we want to do what we can by raising awareness, so that if a woman is going to be diagnosed, she will have an opportunity for early detection and early treatment,” said the Sister's Network chapter president Dianne Townsend, a five-time breast cancer survivor.

The event ended with a balloon release to remember their loved ones battling cancer.

For more information about the Sisters Network, click here.

For more information about St. Vincent's breast cancer screenings, click here.

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