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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: Providing a sisterhood of support

Celebrating 25 years of supporting breast cancer patients

Team-building, support and sisterhood – those are just a few of the things that make the Race for the Cure event so special. This year, the 25th annual Susan G. Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure takes place on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Letita Bryant and Michelle Dewberry who will be joining the race with the Pink Power Pearls Team.

Both Bryant and Dewberry are part of Lambda Chi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s (AKA) first chapter in the Pacific that was chartered in Honolulu in 1978. AKA is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908 and is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.

“We have supported the Race for the Cure as a team for eight years and we participate because there are members of our chapter who are survivors or have lost family members and friends to breast cancer,” says Bryant. “For us, this is a personal fight. We participate to show support for our members as well as raise awareness and funds to find a cure.”

Dewberry has been a battling the disease and has participated in the event since 2013.

“Prior to my diagnosis a year ago in August, we have participated as a chapter, but these last two years it has taken on a new meaning. My sisters remind me that I am not alone,” she says.

Dewberry explains that she has two fellow survivors in her chapter that fought the same battle and have encouraged her with words of wisdom throughout her journey.

“I am blessed because I have a dynamic group of sisters that have prayed for me, served as chauffeurs when I was too sick to drive, ensured that I had a meal when I was not up to cooking, took me to my medical appointments, and stayed with me during my chemo appointments,” says Dewberry. “We’re a sisterhood that loves and helps each other no matter what.”

If anyone wants to sign up for the Race for the Cure or form a team like the Lambda Chi Omega Chapter, just visit komenhawaii.org.

For more information: komenhawaii.org, or on Facebook and Instagram: @komenhawaii