The 13th annual Sista Strut bringing awareness to breast cancer and its effect on women of color, held their 3k walk for participants to strut their stuff in front of friends, families and survivors. This year the walk was held on the grounds of the Riverfront Plaza located on the St. Johns River. Hundreds converged on the riverfront to hear speakers, connect and network as well as to receive information on community resources. Registered individual participants and teams received t-shirts and backpack memorabilia. Two year survivor Vanessa Payne enjoyed her first year at the highly supported event, “As we recover, we have to thrive and not just survive, it’s been a journey and I’m feeling much better, I will be back next year,” said Payne.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Sister’s Network of North East Florida. African American women in the United States have a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women and are more likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 and are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors.