Survival Stories was written and produced to accompany The Gift of Life Block Walk, an annual breast cancer awareness event hosted by Sisters Network, Inc.  During this event, women canvass a designated neighborhood to encourage and provide free clinical breast exams for uninsured women and to increase awareness of a disease that disproportionately affects African American women.

We asked if we could use this opportunity to explore the subject on stage and set about asking women to share their "C" stories (we call them "C" Stories because one of our contributors told us that during her process to healing, she refused to say the word).  We all learned from their reluctance, fears, fortitude and attitudes about surviving and gave the patrons and volunteers a theatrical appreciation for their Gift of Life.

Bernadine (Gwen Poole) recounts her experience living through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Bernadine (Gwen Poole) recounts her experience living through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Nancine discusses her diagnosis with Dr. Greenburg (Robert Finch).

Nancine discusses her diagnosis with Dr. Greenburg (Robert Finch).

Wanda (Karin Johnson) an uninsured survivor, battles with the medical staff in a free clinic.

Wanda (Karin Johnson) an uninsured survivor, battles with the medical staff in a free clinic.