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NAACP Young Adult Committee presents ‘Fight Like A Girl’ event

Proceeds raised on the behalf of cancer awareness

By Cassandra Lans

The NAACP Young Adult Committee is proud to present its ‘Fight Like A Girl’ event that will be held on May 4, 2013 at the Mother Katherine Daniels Conference Center.

This unique event will feature local female celebrities in “the ring” to fight on behalf of cancer research, and generate revenue to support local advocacy organizations to increase the awareness among the communities that need it the most.

“African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for the most major cancers. Death rates for all major causes of death are higher for African American than Whites, contributing in part to a lower life expectancy for both African American men and African American women,” says Jasmine Johnson, chair of NAACP Young Adult Committee.

This day long event will include patient education, community awareness, and screenings from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, a Pink Tie VIP Reception sponsored by Landmark Credit Union at 6:00 pm followed by the main event at 7:30 pm.

The main event will feature local celebrities getting in the ring such as: Senator Lena Taylor, Alta Smith, co-founder of G.R.I.N.D., Elizabeth Benz, director or Community Outreach Molina Healthcare of WI, Pastor Melva Henderson, World Outreach & Bible Training Center, and many more.

Proceeds for “Fight Like A Girl” will support Sisters Network Milwaukee’s mission to increase attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community and promote breast health best practices including screening and early detection.

Proceeds will also go toward the Barbershop Men’s Health Initiative, an innovative partnership between Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and barbers in the African American community to increase awareness of important health issues in Milwaukee’s central city.

Since 2005 barbers have been having one-on-one conversations with their patrons about their health and giving them resources to help them access care and eliminate disparities.