Bridgette Hempstead is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Cierra Sisters, Inc., an African American breast cancer organization that uniquely provides support, education and advocacy about women’s breast and health issues. Bridgette’s personal, hands-on approach has and is changing the lives of women all across the country. Her determination to educate and empower others comes out of her own experience with breast cancer. A two-time, 20-year survivor, Bridgette received her diagnosis on her 35th birthday. At that time, she found no resources for African American women. Therefore, she became the solution, and Cierra Sisters, Inc. was born. She found that women’s fear of breast cancer was due largely to the lack of knowledge. As the late author and entertainer, Earl Nightingale once stated, “Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.” Inspired by Ms. Nightingale’s words, Bridgette chose the African word cierra which means “knowing” to identify the community resource and educational organization which she began in 1996. Cierra Sisters has proudly served our community for over twenty years. Cierra Sisters is helping to change the way members of our community thinks about cancer by taking the fear out of the word cancer and replacing it with knowledge which ultimately leads to personal empowerment. Bridgette has taken a larger step as she has moved her message with a global approach. Her recent trip to Uganda has brought the message to Africa, and she continues to step strong in the direction to reach men and women globally. As her reputation grew in the health community, more and more patients were being referred to her by doctors, family members, LGBT and religious institutions for her assistance in navigating individuals through the health care system. Her efforts helped many to connect with the proper resources and support networks. Bridgette has developed breast cancer evidence-based curriculum that community members can understand and share within their network. Over the years, Bridgette has been featured in The Seattle Times, A National Health Care forum along with Teresa Heinz Kerry, Everyday Health News , and more. An engaging and effective speaker, Bridgette is also a songwriter and a soul-piercing singer. Her single, “Sista Don’t You Know,” has had a positive impact on the women and men who have had the opportunity to hear this moving song. Written to honor and encourage survivors of breast cancer, “Sista Don’t You Know” has become so much more.