ETMC Pin-A-Sister to host free breast health summit

From the East Texas Medical Center:

TYLER, TX - East Texas Medical Center Pin-A-Sister is hosting a free breast health summit for those interested in breast health on Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring keynote speaker Coqueace "Koco" Powell, a breast cancer survivor and a national volunteer speaker for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure™.

The event will be held at the St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Hwy., in Tyler with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the summit concluding at noon. The summit is supported by the ETMC Breast Care Center and Susan G. Komen Tyler.

Conference highlights will include healthy living demonstrations, managing hormones by ETMC First Physician Dr. Maxwell Kwaku, in memory of balloon release, health resource fair, networking opportunities with health professionals and community members, ETMC Pin-A-Sister community partners' recognition and gospel music by the Texas College Choir. Anissa Centers, KLTV news anchor, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The keynote speaker is also founder of the uplifting group, "Sexy after 30," and is featured on a Dallas TV show as a beauty expert.

In 2010, ETMC Tyler launched its Pin-A-Sister program in Tyler. Modeled after a program in Chicago, the campaign uses a strategy that has long been successful in the African-American community: Get the church involved. Breast cancer survivors provide personal testimonies at their home churches. In addition, churches host Pin-A-Sister ceremonies in which participating women pin each other with pink ribbons and pledge to get an annual screening mammograms. To date, 6,500 African-American women in Smith County have been pinned.

Registration is free but limited. All participants will receive breakfast, program materials, a tote bag and be eligible for door prizes. Please contact Regina Davis at 903-596-3190 or email