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Walk Puts Focus on Breast Cancer’s Unequal Impact

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Raising awareness about breast cancer’s impact on Black women is the goal of the 14th Annual Sista Strut Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Parade on Saturday, Oct. 7, in downtown St. Louis.


Black women in the U.S. die of breast cancer at a higher rate than any other race or ethnic group, and they also have a higher chance of developing the disease before the age of 40 than white women, according to the American Cancer Society.

Cosponsored by iHeartMedia St. Louis, AARP in St. Louis and others, Sista Strut includes a 3K walk and a vehicle parade. The first 2,500 walkers at the event will receive sling bags sponsored by AARP in St. Louis. Participants also can visit the AARP booth to play games and win prizes such as visors and day bags.

Walk participants meet at 7 a.m. at 15th and Chestnut; vehicles gather at the St. Louis City Hall parking lot at 14th and Clark.

A pre-walk pep rally starts at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Registration, which ends Sunday, Sept. 17, is $40 per person for the walk, or $50 if you would like to include a vehicle in the parade.

Registration information is at For more events in St. Louis, see

—Julie Rasicot

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