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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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Sisters Working It Out's

annual fundraising gala

is where we celebrate brave women, cancer survivors, and supporters who continue to assist us by being there for our survivors when they need us the most.


This year's theme is The Wild West | Celebrating our Gems & 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!

Our Mission

To serve as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities in the Chicagoland area.  This is accomplished through programs that educate and empower women of color as well as connect them to quality preventive health services. SWIO provides compassionate care and support to women across the cancer continuum from outreach and screening through survivorship.

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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