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Welcome to Sisters Working it Out

We are Stronger and Better Together

SWIO serves as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities in the Chicagoland area. 

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SWIO's annual fundraising


SWIO's annual fundraising gala is a celebration of the organization's work, the women served, and our partners and allies who continue to support our efforts to create a world where every woman of color can flourish, leaving a lasting impact for generations to come.

This year's theme is The Wild MidWest: Celebrating our Gems and Pink Pearls! Join us on Saturday, September 28, 2024, location, TBD, for an elegant and inspiring evening as we promote awareness and advocacy, in motion.

The program for the evening is as follows:

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Social Hour

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Awards Ceremony + Dinner

9:00 - 11:00 PM: Live Entertainment


ATTIRE: Western 


If you cannot make the event, please consider contributing to this effort with a Donation. Your support will allow us to continue to invest in breast health education and support services for communities disproportionately impacted by cancer.

For more information on our sponsor packages, please contact Yomika Alexander at Thank you in advance for your support!

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Our Mission

Is to change the trajectory of health outcomes for women of color by advocating for systemic change and promoting inclusive policies. We strive to improve the quality of life for women of color by ensuring equitable access to compassionate care, resources, and opportunities.

Our History

Dr. Monica Peek, an internal medicine physician at the University of Chicago, founded Sisters Working It Out, NFP in 2001 as a call to action to address the alarming breast cancer disparity rates across the city of Chicago. Throughout its 17-year history, SWIO has worked tirelessly to address the many barriers contributing to high breast cancer mortality rates for African-American women, such as lack of health information, mistrust of providers and health systems, and limited access to breast cancer screening (e.g., mammograms, clinical breast exams) and primary care.

Quarterly Newsletter

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It's HERE!

The quarterly SWIO Newsletter is available for you to view, download and share! 

Click on the image to see latest. 


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