Thank you for visiting my GoFundMe Charity page. On August 7th, 2020 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. To be specific, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade 3, Triple Negative. When I went to research my specific type of breast cancer, I learned that it was the type of breast cancer Black women are most likely to get. I also learned I am less likely to die from this disease than they are. Less likely by 43%. This number is horrifying.
I have what I need to beat this disease, so I want to help a community that deserves so much more than they receive. In an effort to continue supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and specifically BIPOC women, I created this GoFundMe to encourage my friends and family to donate to Sisters Network Inc. Triangle NC chapter. This is a network of resources that provides Black women with programs, peer support, knowledge, and financial support during and after their breast cancer diagnoses. Being from North Carolina, I wanted to support the chapter from my hometown. The South has an exceptionally high disparity of care for Black women vs white women, 40% higher to be exact. You can learn more about Sisters Network at the links below:
I am in a position of immense privilege to be able to afford the care I need and have a 24/7 support system. Black women are rarely afforded these same privileges. This is due to a number of factors:
1. Black Women are often at a more advanced stage upon detection.
2. Because they may not have insurance, and therefore cannot
afford the diagnostic testing needed.
3. Black women don’t get the same prompt high quality treatment compared to white women.
Some more statistics about breast cancer in Black women:
Black women are 42% more like to DIE of breast cancer than white women. the highest of any U.S. racial or ethnic group.
Among women younger than 45, breast cancer incidence is higher among African American women than White women.
Black women under age 35 get breast cancer at two times the rate of white women and DIE from breast cancer three times as often as white women.
From the article linked above: "Since 2016, the Food and Drug Administration has approved four novel drugs for breast cancer. However, none of those clinical trials had more than 3 percent black participants. Dr. Lucio Miele, chairman of Louisiana State University’s genetics department, said the lack of diversity in drug development has two far-reaching consequences for black women in the South. First, the latest cancer therapies aren’t fully proven to be effective in minority populations. Second, researchers haven’t advanced targeted therapies for triple-negative breast cancer tumors that disproportionately affect black women."
Please join me in donating to Sisters Network so we can help bring equity to the Black community.