Beauty, Boobs and Broads (BBB) – An outreach initiative developed to provide current, relevant breast health information to African American females that patronize beauty salons in the parishes of its membership. Through the committed efforts of members, information was displayed and manned in 10 beauty salons in East Baton Rouge Parish. Patrons received breast health pamphlets along with a personal one-on-one discussion regarding the success of early detection of breast cancer through monthly breast self-examination and medical screening options. Approximately 200 African American females between the ages of 16 to 80 were served.
Worship In Pink – SSS-BTR adopted The Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G Komen’s event as a platform to continue to educate the African American faith based community about the overwhelming effects of breast cancer in African Americans. Survivor members participated in various types of activities such as speaking engagements, the inclusion of breast cancer facts as part of the churches printed Sunday program and recognition of survivors. At least 25 churches were involved in this ongoing event, impacting the lives of more than 7,500 African American women, men and children during the month of October 2011.
Monthly Support Meetings – For more than 15 years, SSS-BTR utilized grass-root efforts to provide an avenue for African American females to openly discuss their journey with breast cancer. Therefore, monthly support meetings continue to be the main stay behind the organization. Solace and support have been provided to the bereaved families of more than 30 members that have lost their battle with breast cancer. New survivors are embraced with open hearts into a nurturing environment that only another African American Sister can provide. The demographics of the organization reflect a variety of socio-economic, educational and employment categories. Monthly support meetings are held on the 1st Saturday of each month at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70807.
Education Outreach – Educational information is distributed at community events, health fairs and other functions to spread the word regarding breast health and the need to be proactive.
Partnerships – Working with the Louisiana Coalition of African American Breast Cancer Survivors, gives SSS-BTR the opportunity to network with other African American survivors across the state to increase the awareness of breast breath health, the importance of early detection in the successful treatment of breast cancer and the celebration of survivorship. This partnership with SSS-BTR developed in hopes that greater attention will increase knowledge as well as improve support and health benefits for the African Americans cancer community in the Baton Rouge Area. Our relationship with YWCA Encore Plus Program identifies survivors and non-survivors for support and information.
Organizations Recent Accomplishments – In April 2011 SSS-BTR assisted the Baton Rouge American Cancer Society with Southern University’s Relay for Life. In November 2011, Exxon Mobil YMCA honored the organization in recognition of community efforts in the North Baton Rouge/Scotlandville area. In October 2011 and October 2012, Southern University recognized the organization for its breast cancer awareness efforts during a home football game. In October 2012 SSS-BTR launched its first major fundraising event “Jazzy In Pink”. This event attracted 250 guests that enjoyed live jazz music, delectable food and a silent auction. This event was held at Hemmingbough in St. Francisville, LA and is expected to be held annually at this location.