Black History Month: patient resources
February 23, 2023
February is Black History Month, an important opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities influencing communities of color and take action to promote health equity. This month across our social properties, we highlighted a few organizations that provide resources to breast cancer patients of color, and celebrated the supportive communities they have created.
Here are four incredible organizations and some of their initiatives that bring information, support, and hope to members of the Black breast cancer community:
Touch, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance
Touch, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance, is on a mission to bring together patients, survivors, advocates, and healthcare companies for the common goal of eradicating Black Breast Cancer. This organization recognizes the unique struggles Black patients face in their fight against breast cancer and aim to address these challenges and inequalities through various initiatives such as:
- Breastie Love: a support network and program that shares the stories of Black breast cancer survivors to let other patients know they are not alone.
- #BlackDataMatters: a campaign to mobilize the Black community to participate in clinical trial research.
- When We Trial: a movement led by the BBCA to advance breast cancer science for Black women and increase participation in clinical trials.
The Tigerlily Foundation is a national breast cancer organization that provides resources and support to young (ages 15-45) women of color in any stage of breast cancer, and reaches diverse populations, underserved communities, and patients facing healthcare disparities. The foundation has over 20 education, empowerment, advocacy, and support programs for any member of the breast cancer community. Here are just a few of its many programs:
- Tigerlily Master Class: a free, online educational video series featuring in-depth discussions on topics like self-advocacy, patient empowerment, health disparities, caregiving, and more.
- Hope Box Program: gift boxes filled with things to soothe, educate, empower, and help relieve stress for newly diagnosed patients or those in active treatment.
- Tiger Trials: an initiative to accelerate the delivery of innovative treatments to patients facing health disparities by building trust and transparency with the patient community.
African American Breast Cancer Alliance™
The African American Breast Cancer Alliance™ is a supportive community that brings resources and opportunities to breast cancer patients of diverse backgrounds. The AABCA™ is dedicated to educating and supporting Black Americans throughout breast cancer treatment and survivorship. Some of its programs include:
- Sisters & Misters in Survival: a confidential support network where breast cancer survivors share resources, engage in the community, and offer each other hope.
- A ‘Lil Help, A ‘Lil Hope: a financial assistance program that offers small grants to Black patients currently in treatment for breast cancer.
- Sistas Rock Retreat: a fun, relaxing weekend gathering for women of any background diagnosed with breast cancer.
Chemo Divas Foundation
The Chemo Divas Foundation is a nonprofit group of cancer patients, survivors, advocates, and caregivers, who are on a mission to bring resources and visibility to women of color facing the burden of cancer. Its initiatives to support Black cancer patients include:
- Support Network: an inclusive community where cancer patients and survivors share their stories to offer hope for others.
- Resources page: a list of over 50 financial support services, research & educational resources, support groups, and publications to help inform patients.
- Chemo Divas Grant: 100% of donations to the Chemo Divas Grant go directly to cancer patients of color who are in need of extra support.