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Five Heart Heroines Honored With Cheerios Sisters Saving Hearts(TM) Grants
Date:5/21/2008

Cheerios(R) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. Award $25,000 to Recognize Women Leaders and Assist Organizations Fighting Heart

Disease

MINNEAPOLIS, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The combined passion and heartfelt efforts of five "queens of hearts" -- Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Andrea Estes, Barbara Gathers, Teresa Kennedy and Sandra Waters -- has helped inspire change in the lives of thousands of African American women. Today, these five leaders were honored with a 2008 Cheerios Sisters Saving Hearts grant award for their work to raise awareness for heart disease prevention particularly among black women. Each winner receives a $5,000 check from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and Cheerios, which she can donate to the non-profit, heart- health organization of her choice.

As the only cold cereal clinically proven to lower cholesterol, Cheerios is committed to empowering women who are working to fight heart disease. The grant program is in its second year and honors heart-health heroes with $5,000 each in unrestricted funds for operating expenses. The five winners also will be awarded a trophy representing their commitment to their local communities, and recognized on SistersSavingHearts.com.

"We are very proud to recognize these amazing women for their tireless work, commitment and compassion on behalf of their friends, family members and neighbors," said Elsie L. Scott, PhD., CBCF's president and chief executive officer. "Statistics show that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, and we know it disproportionately affects those of African heritage. However, we can find inspiration and hope woven throughout our Sisters Saving Hearts winners' stories. With continued effort, we can end this terrible disease."

The 2008 winners are:

Charkarra Anderson-Lewis -- Hattiesburg, MS

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