Thursday, August 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sisters Network Solano County is ready to serve

By
From page B5 | January 25, 2014 |

sisters network CEO 1_23_14

Gloria Wade-Lessier is the CEO and Founder of the Sisters Network Solano County, an affiliate chapter of Sisters Network Inc., the nation's first African American breast cancer survivorship organization. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

The mission statement of the Sisters Network Solano County states that they are “committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-American community.”

For CEO and founder Gloria Wade-Lessier, that statement is profoundly personal. She founded the Vallejo-based nonprofit organization, an affiliate of a national network, in 2002 after fighting cancer on three separate occasions.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1993 and I was a healthy woman as far as I knew,” Wade-Lessier said. “Two years later, I was diagnosed again and then once more in 2000. I never thought I would have cancer and didn’t know anything about it. I was scared and didn’t think I would live.”

Modern medicine helped heal Wade-Lessier’s body, but her spirit was nurtured by people in her life she calls her “golden nuggets.”

“The blessing in my life then was that I was married to my now-late husband Nathaniel and had been for 30-something years. I also had two children, my mother was alive then and I had an inner circle of friends – real friends. Oh, and I can’t forget God.”

Wade-Lessier became aware of Sisters Network on a national level when she moved to Las Vegas and became a secretary for them. Once she moved back to Vallejo, she started a chapter, which is now the only one in California. While their targeted population is African-American women, they help anyone. The free services the organization offers fall under three headings: education, advocacy and support.

“You can come into our resource center and get educated. Say you are newly diagnosed, want to know what to expect, what type of cancer it is, what the available treatments are – we get that information for you. You can also research it yourself, but many people are so nervous and upset they just need that support,” Wade-Lessier said.

“When it comes to advocacy, if a client, or sister as we call them, wants someone to come with them to a doctor’s appointment and be a listening ear with a notepad, digital recorder or just be present, we do that. When it comes to support, we have monthly support groups and sometimes clients call from the hospital who are lonely and afraid or just want us to bring them cookies and sit with them, and we do that as well,” Wade-Lessier said.

Sisters Network Solano County also makes presentations about breast cancer in the community, participates in fundraisers and members sit on roundtables about surviving cancer, throughout the Bay Area. One major accomplishment took years of stick-to-itiveness.

“In our area there are no free clinics like in Oakland or Berkeley. For many people, their only medical option is the emergency room,” Wade-Lessier said. “I began to ask local hospitals if they could give free mammograms to women who could not receive them for whatever reason, but it wasn’t happening.”

Wade-Lessier refused to take no for an answer and kept trying to make her dream become reality.

“Finally, in 2012, Kaiser Permanente partnered with us to give free mammograms. Oh my god, what a moment. They would come out in the community on site at an event and all any uninsured, underinsured, underprivileged, or whatever women needed was some sort of ID,” Wade-Lessier said. “We had to provide transportation to the hospital and we partnered with Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church. It was a historic moment in Vallejo and it happened again last year.”

The organization’s resource center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, but the hours will expand in February when they begin enrolling people who need insurance in Covered California.

Wade-Lessier’s devotion to helping others comes from a place of deep gratitude and responsibility.

“I was diagnosed at age 48 and I am now 69 and have been free of cancer since 2001. I owe the universe my service as I was spared my life,” Wade-Lessier said. “We are all about thriving and letting people know what resources are available and how we got through it. We let them know that they are not alone.”

Reach Fairfield writer Tony Wade at tonybethkaci@gmail.com

Sisters Network Solano County

301 Georgia St., Suite 255, Vallejo

642-6066

Glessi@aol.com or www.sistersnetworksolanocounty.com/Index.html.

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Locke an unparalleled universe in the Delta

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Small-town heroism on display in Napa

By Angela Borchert | From Page: A2

 
 
Review set for Vacaville fitness center suit

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield motorcyclist hurt in Beck Avenue crash

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

 
Chamber event looks at health care law

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B5 | Gallery

Fairfield police log: Aug. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

 
Winterhawk Winery up for auction

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B5, 2 Comments | Gallery

Suisun City police log: Aug. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

 
.

US / World

Boy hurt in California quake: ‘I should be dead’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
California beach town sees flooding from hurricane

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

California Senate passes gun restraining order

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

California sets ride-sharing insurance standards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 5 Comments

 
.

Opinion

Seizing the day with old friends

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Signs of possible healing in Ferguson

By Jay Ambrose | From Page: A11, 4 Comments

Poor constituent service no longer acceptable

By Ruben Navarrette | From Page: A11

 
Editorial Cartoons: Aug. 28, 2014

By Kim Durbin | From Page: A11

Let’s improve entertainment control units

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 8 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 28, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Aug. 28, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
My boss insists that we all eat lunch with her in cafeteria

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

‘Cops’ crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Chris Soules is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

John Lennon’s killer sorry for being ‘an idiot’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Reality star accused of rape, child molestation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Sports

Fuld’s homer in 9th lifts A’s over Astros 5-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Posey hits game-ending 2-run homer for Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cal needs more from its running game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Stanford’s Kevin Hogan a ‘stabilizing agent’ at QB

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Chicago’s Little League champs return as heroes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Keenum, Savage to settle Texans’ backup QB duel vs. 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders hope rebuild pays immediate dividends

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
After trio of near misses, 49ers chase Super Bowl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Video games come of age as spectator sport

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

.

Obituaries

Fernanda Dee Villarosa

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Herman P. Sorensen

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Lyle R.C. Cullum

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9