Justine Obiakor (Courtesy photo)                                           Dr. Nicole Robinson (Courtesy photo)

Fulfilling its mission to promote preventative health initiatives, the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation will sponsor a Zoom workshop, “Cancer Survivorship and Caregiving,” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The free event is part of CPR’s Sistahs Can We Talk Monthly Nurse Series.

Four speakers are scheduled to address various aspects of the topic, said Dr. Kathye Jenkins, CPR founder. They are Justine Obiakor, a health educator with the California Health Collaborative’s Every Woman Counts program; Dr. Nicole Robinson, founder of Hatz 4 Hearts Foundation; Pastor Rhonda Holbert, Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry; and Lady Jacqueline Hammond, a breast cancer survivor.

       Pastor Rhonda Holbert (Courtesy photo)            Lady Jacqueline Hammond (Courtesy photo)

“Cancer is still adversely impacting women of color. While Black and White women are diagnosed with breast cancer at about the same rate, Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Jenkins.

She added that the U.S. Office of Minority Health declared that Black men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer and two and a half times as likely to die from stomach cancer as White men.

“Also, many Black American caregivers choose to keep their loved ones at home when faced with a debilitating illness, such as cancer. Unfortunately, many African American caregivers are unaware of the home and community-based services available to assist them and their loved ones,” noted Jenkins.

The presentation will discuss these issues as well as the rights and services for cancer survivors. The goal is to help people maintain and even flourish when faced with the challenge of a cancer diagnosis.

“You may say this doesn’t apply to me, but we all know in this life we never know what may happen. Cancer can strike anyone at any time and any age,” insisted Jenkins.

To register for the workshop, email [email protected] or visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsc-2vrj4pHtHuo6-PE0i3kVPIQ5ipYVoB