My Sister’s Keeper

Sara Popken, Opinion and Entertainment editor

My Sister’s Keeper is a breast cancer education, advocacy, and support group for African American women. The group was founded in 2000 by Jackie Hill and Gwen Watson in North Omaha and was Nebraska’s first group of its kind.  

The founders state that their mission is to advocate primarily within their African American communities for Breast Cancer survivors.  

According to the National Cancer Institute, 12.9 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some point during their lives. Data collected by the American Cancer Society found that although Black and white women are diagnosed at nearly the same rates, Black women have a 40 percent higher death rate and young Black women diagnosed with breast cancer have double the mortality rates than white women.  

The group was formed after the founders dealt with their own diagnoses of breast cancer and still meets today at Salem Baptist Church on the third Tuesday of every month.  

For more information, call 402-541-5803.