SADIE STRONG – “Promoting the Early Detection of Breast Cancer”

 By Sharon “Sadie” Sanford (pictured above)


One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection and a solid treatment plan are key to increasing survival outcomes. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, I had no family history of breast cancer nor did I have women close to me with breast cancer or so I thought. My diagnosis came after a routine annual mammogram. Once I was diagnosed and shared my diagnosis, I was met with encouragement, love, support and testimonies of healing.  There were many women in my circles of influence who had been impacted by breast cancer and I didn’t realize it. Their stories inspired me to pay it forward and encourage other women to get annual mammograms, do monthly breast checks and understand their overall breast health.   

On the one-year anniversary of my diagnosis, I started Sadie Strong, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes the early detection of breast cancer and inspires healthy lifestyles. Sadie Strong offers a variety of programs and services that provide awareness, information, support and empowerment to women affected by breast cancer in underserved communities in Buffalo and surrounding areas. We also recognize and honor cancer survivors and share inspirational stories and messages of faith. Sadie Strong is a labor of love.


On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Sadie Strong will host the 2nd Annual Sadie Strong Community Health and Wellness Expo virtually from 12pm – 1:30pm. Registration is FREE.  The health and wellness expo will feature a women’s health panel and Ask the Doctor workshop with Dr. Mariola Poss from Breast Care of WNY and Dr. Emmekunla Nylander from Buffalo OB/GYN, a Zumba fitness demo with Karen from Queen City Fitness Club and a healthy cooking and meal prep demo with Chelsea from Dash’s Catering. You don’t want to miss this Sadie Strong virtual event!  To register for the Sadie Strong Health and Wellness Expo visit


Sadie Strong will distribute Love Boxes to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  The Sadie Strong Love Box is filled with items that encourage and uplift the spirits of women going through breast cancer treatments. Nominations are currently being accepted.  If you know someone recently diagnosed – within the past 6 months and you would like to nominate her to receive a Sadie Strong Love Box, visit our website to complete the nomination form.  

For more information about Sadie Strong please go to