Friday, April 23, 2010


Ald. Deborah Graham (29) is pinned by a fellow alderman to mark the passage of a resolution proclaiming Mother’s Day to be Pin-A-Sister Sunday in the campaign against breast cancer in women of color.

    In a show of solidarity against a devastating disease, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City Council passed a resolution proclaiming Mother’s Day, May 9, to be Pin-A-Sister Sunday. Council members wore pink for the session to display their support for the resolution. They decorated each other with pins of a woman in a pink dress and shared testimonies about how breast cancer has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
    While medical advances have reduced the mortality rate for White women over the past two decades, survival rates have not improved for African American and Latina women. Despite the fact that African American women are far less likely to get breast cancer than White women, they are 116% more likely to die from it.
    With an initial reach of 67,000 women of color across Chicago, Pin-A-Sister went statewide in its second year and by 2009 reached 500,000 women in houses of worship and correctional institutions across Illinois and in other states.
    Persons wishing to participate should call 1-888-SAC-HOPE.
Ald. Emma Mitts (37) is accompanied by her mother, Betty Russ, to mark passage of the Pin-A-Sister resolution officially enrolling the Chicago City Council in the fight against breast cancer in African American & Latina women.

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