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We all became Blessties the day that we were diagnosed. It’s a club that no one wants to join. But once you find yourself here, know that we are in this together and we share an unconditional love for one another. You are not alone. Below are the faces and the stories of Black Blessties who are in this fight with you. If you want to tell your story and join our Breastie sisterhood, please fill out this short questionnaire.
Sharon is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor who turned her fight into a burning desire to empower other breast cancer patients. After finishing treatment for stage IIb triple-negative breast cancer in 2016, Sharon was concerned about the recurrence of her cancer.
Sharon first heard about a specific trial for breast cancer patients on the Good Morning America Show. She learned that she was a match. It was through these experiences that Sharon decided to devote her life to giving back to the community by spreading awareness and advocating for underserved patients, especially in the area of access to clinical trials by African American and other disadvantaged people who are notoriously under-represented.
Sharon Rivera took part in a clinical trials studies with the Pink Lotus Foundation and University of PENN, Abramson Cancer Center to detect recurrences sooner for other breast cancer patients.
Arii is a 22-year-old, two-time triple negative breast cancer survivor. She recently graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Radiation Therapy. She serves as the HBCU intern coordinator for TOUCH and works as a radiation therapist in Austin, Texas. Her life’s passion is to treat and advocate for cancer patients.
Sheila McGlown is an 12-year metastatic breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in December 2009 while active duty military in the United States Air Force.
Sheila is a passionate advocate for clinical trials and breast cancer research. Her platform and the reason why she became an advocate is to raise awareness about the racial disparities black women face.
Sheila has participated in many breast cancer review boards as a consumer reviewer. Sheila has a BA and MBA from McKendree University in Lebanon IL. She is also an Advocate in Science and AIS steering committee member recently being selected as a Komen Scholar in 2021.
Ms. Evans has demonstrated a tireless commitment to breast cancer advocacy since her diagnosis with Stage IV Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in 2008. Ms. Evans mentors newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors, collaborates with local organizations on breast cancer awareness, and participates in breast cancer research advocacy and holistic clinical trial initiatives.
Notably, Ms. Evans serves as a Cancer Research Advocate for ECOG-ACRIN Research Group and is a valued member on the Breast Cancer Committee, Research Advocates Committee and the Health Equality and Disparities Committee since 2015. She has worked with research teams nationwide and provides input into research studies, protocols for the implementation and advocating for clinical trials for communities of color.
Passionate and relentless, Robin firmly believes advocacy for education, innovative research and community engagement will help us find a cure for breast cancer.
If you want to tell your story and join our Blessties sisterhood, please visit the link below to fill out a short questionnaire.