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"The mission of the Sisko Foundation is to raise awareness of breast cancer, fund improvements in research and treatment, and support breast cancer patients and their families to reduce, and eventually eliminate the effects of this disease."
Raise a Racquet Against Breast Cancer - Sisko Foundation is a public non-profit corporation, named for one of its founders, Michelle Siler, formerly Michelle Sisko. President, Michelle Siler, and Vice President, Susan Barry, both discovered they had breast cancer in their early 40s while living on the same street in North Raleigh. Inspired and transformed by their similar experiences, the two women, with the help of friends and volunteers, dedicated their newly restored health to raising funds for the improvement in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
On November 2nd-4th, 2000, the foundation staged its first annual professional tennis weekend and exhibition, called "Raise a Racquet Against Breast Cancer". The weekend, a smashing success, starred ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas, Kathy Rinaldi, and Raleighs own tennis sensation, Ally Baker, playing in exhibition, teaching clinics and competing in a Pro-Am with sponsors. The weekend also featured a well-attended Gala dinner with silent auction and live entertainment.
The foundation made a profit in its first year, due to support from generous sponsors, an Advisory Council including corporate, government and civic representatives, the Triangle medical community and a corps of dedicated local vendors. Profits funded mammograms from the REX Hospital mobile mammogram unit for the women of Southeast Raleigh. The foundation plans to raise funds to make substantial grants to area research institutes, and to stop this disease before it afflicts the next generation. We are proud to be in our fifth year and striving forward.