caption: Melanie Nix, featured guest of the Women’s History Month Celebration

The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support Group in Southwest is hosting its Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday, March 19th, at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Conference Room, 1101 4th St SW, Room W120. The dynamic Melanie A. Nix, Co-Founder of the Breast Cancer Comfort Site, will be featured and will share her various experiences and lessons learned as a survivor. Nix, a mutated BRCA1 gene carrier and triple negative breast cancer survivor by the age of 38, is a fifth generation breast cancer patient. She is also the niece of Zora Brown, a nationally-known breast cancer and ovarian cancer advocate, especially for African American women, who transitioned in March 2013. Nix will also share her memorable experiences of growing up with role models like her late Aunt Zora and late mother, Belva B. Brissett, also a breast cancer advocate. For more information on Nix, please visit (

The breast cancer support group meeting is open to Southwest residents and employees of this quadrant who have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, are currently undergoing treatment, or are in remission. Caregivers are also welcomed, as well as others who are interested in women’s health issues. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. For security and planning purposes, registration is required. Please RSVP to Thelma D. Jones at, or call (202) 251-1639. Register now, as seating is limited.

By: Thelma D. Jones

(Thelma D. Jones is a breast cancer survivor and advocate. She founded the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support Group in Southwest in April 2010.)

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