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Harlem’s annual celebration for cancer survivors

9/20/2013, 11:48 a.m.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fourth annual Survivorship Saturday in Harlem is a gathering that unites cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care providers to celebrate survivorship and promote the early detection of cancer. It is presented by Wilhelmina Grant and SISTAAH Inc. and is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is free of charge and open to the public. 

Survivorship Saturday will be held at New Covenant Temple (1805 Amsterdam Ave.) and will include a prayer and blessing circle, a visual art display, compelling survivor testimonies, remarks from a physician, a mime act and an excerpt from playwright Bridgette Wimberley’s “From Breast Cancer to Broadway.” Organizers say that Survivorship Saturday will engage the community in an educational and celebratory experience, combining the arts with a message of awareness and providing the resources people need to find local, free early detection screenings. 

Guests will have the opportunity to play along with the renowned women’s percussive and vocal Alakande! Spread Joy Ensemble during a community jam session. Participants can create their own percussion instruments during the “Make Your Own Drum” workshop (12 p.m.-1:45 p.m.) prior to the celebration.

Reservations are required; call 646-590-2728 to reserve your spot. Complimentary refreshments will be served.