Sippin Sista’s Nonprofit To Host Walking & Wine Event To Help OKC Woman Battling Cancer

Friday, June 4th 2021, 7:25 pm

The Sippin Sista's have been "wineing" down while raising others up since 2017.

"Before the pandemic, we started fundraising for outstanding lunch balances and we were able to raise over $16,000 to pay off some of the metro schools outstanding lunch balances," said Karen Brown, the director of Sippin Sista's.

The nonprofit's newest vino-related venture is a wine walk or run Sunday June 13 at The Manor in Edmond, complete with live music, vendors and food trucks.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Shavona Hawkins, an Oklahoma City woman battling cancer.

"I was like, we got to do something about it. We got to be able to help her have good cancer treatment," said Brown.

Shavona began to have stomach pain three years ago and eventually had her gallbladder removed.

She said a scan back then showed she was at risk for cancer, but said she was never made aware of that.

That risk turned into reality earlier this year when Shavona was diagnosed with cancer in multiple organs.

She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

"At least 70% of the day every day I'm not OK, I'm uncomfortable, it hurts. I'm just not me anymore. But I still do me, I still work and take care of my kids and grandkids. So that's why I continue, I smile every day," said Hawkins.

Shavona said she has no doubt she will beat cancer and is thankful for the Sippin Sista's help in doing it.

"For me to not even know them. It means a lot for somebody to help people they don't even know," said Hawkins.

The Sippin Sista's have thought this out; all the wine-tasting takes place after the running and walking.

And even if you don't feel like exercising that day, you can still contribute to the cause by attending the wine tasting or just enjoying the food and music.

You can buy tickets by clicking here.