Out of Personal Tragedy, a Legacy of Hope

Lori (right) and her late sister, Sheryl

by Sisters Tri-ing member Lori Flowers
Triple Step Toward the Cure Co-Founder/CEO
http://www.triplesteptowardthecure.org

More than ever, people are striving to live healthier lives.  Yet not enough of them are women of color, even though we are disproportionately affected by diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, ailments that can be countered with sound eating and exercise.  Fortunately, Sisters Tri-ing is changing this reality one chapter at a time, dispelling the myth that women of color do not take their health seriously.  

 

I joined the Bay Area chapter of Sisters Tri-ing to continue my quest towards a healthier ‘me’ and participated in our chapter’s inaugural event, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, held in San Francisco.  It was a gorgeous fall day and we had a good turnout.  Some of us ran while others of us walked the scenic 5K course that took us along the Embarcadero with beautiful views of the bay. 

Regardless of our individual fitness levels, we all felt a sense of accomplishment because everyone made the effort and took time out of our busy schedules to do something for ourselves.  The bonus?  It was for a good cause and it was tons of fun!   
 

My desire to lead a healthier lifestyle also led me to co-found Triple Step Toward the Cure, which raises awareness of triple-negative breast cancer, a rare (about 10% of all breast cancers sufferers have it) and particularly aggressive subtype of breast cancer that disproportionately affects young women of color. Triple Step also provides services to women suffering from it. 
 

Although my family had no history of the various illnesses that most affect people of color, my sister Sheryl developed triple negative (so called because it lacks three important receptors that are targeted for typical treatments, and is therefore more difficult to combat and more likely to return). She passed away in 2009.  Through this tragedy, I came to realize that illness can affect us all at any time, and that often our best course of action is preventative–taking responsibility for the quality of our lives.
 

Sisters Tri-ing recognizes the various challenges women of color face and encourages us to make ourselves a priority by providing tools and training for better physical and mental well-being.   Triple Step partners with Sisters Tri-ing to inform young women that it is never too early to be proactive about their health.   Join us because not only do we sisters try, we do and we are succeeding!
 

Sisters Tri-ing is proud to partner with Triple Step Toward the Cure. Please join us at the Triple Step Toward the Cure 5K Fun Run on Sunday September 16th in Oakland, CA and on Saturday October 6th in Long Beach, CA.  Find information on Triple Step and the 5K races at: http://www.triplesteptowardthecure.org
 

About Lori:
As an attorney with civil and criminal experience, she brings a passion for social justice and health advocacy to her work with Triple Step Toward the Cure. Upon graduation from Howard University School of Law, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, where she represented and advised clients in corporate transaction and governance matters. One client was a breast cancer research foundation, which helped ignite Lori’s strong interest in breast cancer awareness. She also worked as a public defender in San Francisco where she represented both juvenile and adult clients and helped to establish M.A.G.I.C. (Mobilization for Adolescent Growth In Our Communities), a community collaborative designed to service the needs of youth and their families living in disadvantaged communities. Lori currently lives and works in Southern California.

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