By Southwester Staff

Join the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF) virtual support group meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. via Zoom and TDJBCF Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/TDJBreastCancerFund/), in celebration of the founding of the TDJBCF and the 68th Birthday of the eponymous Thelma D. Jones. 

Jones is also celebrating 13 years of breast cancer survivorship. 

Lisa Simms Booth, Executive Director
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts; Courtesy of Author

The TDJBCF welcomes renowned guest speaker Dr. Kermit A. Crawford, associate professor and chair, Department of Psychology at Hampton University and clinical associate professor emeritus, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Crawford is also the former director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health (CMMH) at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, and the former Psychologist for the National Football League (NFL) assigned to the New England Patriots, among other titles. One of Dr. Crawford’s greatest claims to fame is being the former high school classmate of Thelma D. Jones. Dr. Crawford will speak on the subject of “Your Strength Unknown, and Beyond.” 

This special celebration will be emceed and facilitated by Lisa Simms Booth, Executive Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. A former caretaker for her mom who passed from cancer, Simms Booth also served as the Senior Director of Patient and Public Engagement at the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI) prior to assuming her position at Smith Center. 

As for the Breast Cancer Fund founder, Jones herself was trained as a community breast care navigator in integrative oncology at Smith Center in 2010. She and Simms Booth met several years prior during a BCI Conference at The Wharf, and have since partnered to bring greater awareness of integrative oncology to a broader audience, especially among the historically underserved communities. Simms Booth emceed and facilitated the well-attended virtual July support group meeting (see the July issue of “The Southwester”).

Dr. Kermit A. Crawford, associate professor and chair, Department of Psychology at Hampton University & clinical associate professor emeritus, Boston University School of Medicine; Courtesy of Author

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