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South Shore Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Raising Funds For Early Detection, Women’s Support Groups

The walk takes place 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

South Shore Cultural Center on January 21, 2021.
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SOUTH SHORE — A South Shore mother, baker and breast cancer survivor’s new nonprofit will hold a fundraising walk Saturday, as she begins to offer mentorship and awareness programs for women to battle the disease.

The inaugural Be Sure Walk for the Cure takes place 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

Tickets are $45 and will fund support groups for women and early detection awareness campaigns, nonprofit founder Kourtney Lewis said. To register, click here.

Lewis was first diagnosed with cancer at 21. After a second diagnosis in her early 30s, she received a double mastectomy and has since “been recovering well,” she said.

“Early detection was the way that I found both lumps in my breast,” Lewis said. “The regular age [to start receiving] mammograms is 40 to 45. Because I wasn’t supposed to have mammograms, if I hadn’t been doing my own self-breast exams, I don’t know what the end result of the diagnosis would have been.”

Lewis’ nonprofit, Be Sure, has a four-person board that includes her mother, Paula Lee-Rosario. Lee-Rosario organized a drive-by birthday party for Lewis as she underwent chemotherapy last April.

Credit: Ronnie D. Lewis
Kourtney Lewis, left, and her mother, Paula Lee-Rosario, celebrate Lewis’ 33rd birthday at a drive-by celebration last April.

The organization will hold its first mentorship and support group meeting in November at Advocate Trinity Hospital, 2320 E. 93rd St. Registration will be available through the nonprofit’s website, which is under construction.

Advocate Trinity representatives will be at Saturday’s walk, Lewis said. She’s received treatment for her breast cancer at the hospital and has worked with the Advocate health care network on awareness programs and events, she said.

Lewis, an educator and baker whose “Blend Family Recipes” have been sold at Chef Sara’s Cafe in South Shore, said she is “so new” to running a nonprofit.

With that in mind, Lewis is working to register with donation site Charity Navigator to make donations to the nonprofit more transparent.

She encouraged attendees of Saturday’s walk and community members to offer advice on what financial transparency means to them.

“When the people talk to you, you get input and suggestions that you might not have thought about,” Lewis said. “I’m not someone that minds anyone’s opinions, input or suggestions.”

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