DALLAS, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)'s Circle
of Promise today announced that three of today's prominent African-American
leaders -- each with different backgrounds and personal stories -- have
united behind a cause that is empowering people around the globe to help
end breast cancer forever. The strength of a community is built on the
incredible resilience of its mothers, wives, and grandmothers. Circle of
Promise is nationally represented by several prominent African-American
women. Not only are these women accomplished individuals, but they are
passionate about empowering their communities to help end breast cancer
"Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Circle of Promise campaign believes that
every strong woman needs to have a strong support system," said Katrina
McGhee, vice president of marketing for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "The
advocates and ambassadors within Circle of Promise are that support system
for the African-American community in the fight against breast cancer."
One of Hollywood's leading African-American actresses, Gabrielle Union
has secured starring roles, crossed racial lines, and is helping to pave
the way for others. Her decision to partner with Circle of Promise comes
from a passion that is very close to her heart.
"The fight against breast cancer is very personal for me. I have been
touched by this disease as I watched girlfriends deal with their breast
health concerns," said Union. "Being part of their fight inspired me to
raise my voice and become an ambassador to help other women. Black women
face unique issues when it comes to breast cancer -- it's important to know
the facts. We're our own best health advocates."
Union has two upcoming movies, "Meet Dave" co-starring Eddie Murphy,
and "Cadillac Records" co-starring Beyonce Knowles.
The daughter of Donny Hathaway, one of the most influential soul
artists of the 1970s, Lalah Hathaway is respected in her own right. She has
developed a reputation as an artist with a unique and timeless sound, and
as a gifted lyricist, who is emotionally in tune with women from all
"The rate of Black women and girls diagnosed with breast cancer is
rising at an alarming rate," said Hathaway. "We are fighting a common
enemy. Knowledge and having a take-charge mindset and attitude are critical
weapons in the fight against this deadly disease. I became active because I
want to be an ambassador of change. If I tell seven of my friends and they
tell seven of their friends and so on, the circle will continue to expand
and we'll create a chorus of voices within the African-American community
to eradicate breast cancer. I truly believe that this is a goal we can
Hathaway's 4th solo album, "Self Portrait," will be released June 3rd
on the Stax Records/Concord Music Group label.
Synthia SAINT JAMES
Synthia SAINT JAMES is a multiple award winning artist, architectural
designer, speaker, author and songwriter and now a Circle of Promise
ambassador. She has gained international recognition for her work. She
travels the world, inspiring people through speaking engagements,
exhibitions, and unveilings.
"I am pledging to tell everyone I can to sign up for Circle of Promise
and I plan to use the opportunities afforded me to raise awareness and
money for this cause. By working with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I am
joining millions of survivors and activists around the globe in raising our
voices against this disease."
SAINT JAMES' latest achievement is a signature painting for the Circle
of Promise campaign. It will be unveiled at a private luncheon hosted by
The Links, Incorporated, in Washington, D.C. on June 6. The luncheon will
include many Circle of Promise ambassadors, corporate partners and
Circle of Promise ambassadors help spread the message that more
African-American women are likely to die from breast cancer than any other
race despite being the least likely to be diagnosed with the disease. These
ambassadors work nationally and within their communities to urge others
within the African-American community to reclaim their health and register
at circleofpromise.org. Everyone can help to rewrite the story on African
Americans and breast cancer by making a promise to practice breast self
awareness, getting involved through Circle of Promise, and telling friends
to join Circle of Promise.
Komen for the Cure celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure(R) Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness in
the world, in Washington, D.C. on June 7. Local ambassadors, advocates and
breast cancer survivors will come together to help raise funds for
research, education, screening and treatment.
Launched in October 2007, the Circle of Promise
(http://www.circleofpromise.org) campaign was created by Susan G. Komen for
the Cure to educate, empower and mobilize the African-American community in
the fight against breast cancer. Through this effort, Komen hopes to
rewrite the story on African Americans and breast cancer by decreasing the
African American mortality rate, which is 18 percent higher than for
Caucasian women. Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Circle of Promise has joined
forces with ESSENCE Magazine, Ford Motor Company and The Links,
Incorporated to recruit 100,000 African-American women to join Circle of
Promise and serve as local ambassadors within their communities.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would
do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that
promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast
cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest
grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to
save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize
science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race
for the Cure(R), we have invested more than $1 billion to fulfill our
promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the
fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan
G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit
http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure