By Southwester Staff

Since 2018, the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF) November support group meeting has been dedicated to breast cancer survivors with disabilities. This month, the tradition will continue, and it will be supplemented by a focus on Men’s Health Awareness Month, as the Movember Foundation uses the month to bring awareness to and support of those tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. 

Join the TDJBCF on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/TDJBreastCancerFund/) as we welcome for the fourth consecutive year guest speaker Kimberly Beer,  the Director of Public Policy at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Beer will discuss the foundation’s ongoing effort to find a cure and treatments for spinal cord injuries and the challenges that the pandemic has posed for people with paralysis.  Beer will also discuss available resources and support organizations for the 1 in 50 people in the United States who live with paralysis. In addition, the meeting will include the voices of breast cancer survivors who are impacted by paralysis. 

The second half of the November TDJBCF support group meeting will be dedicated to Men’s Health Awareness Month with guest speaker Dr. Paul D. Leger, a medical oncologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Leger specializes in treating cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicles and will discuss prostate cancer prevention, screening,  treatments, and related research. 

The meeting will be emceed by Southwest community activist and TDJBCF Ambassador Regina Blye. Mamie Mallory, a civil rights and diversity advocate and TDJBCF Board Chair, will welcome the group and discuss her work with people with disabilities. 

The Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund is an award-winning grassroots organization with local, national, and global recognition. Our mission is to advocate and improve the overall health and wellness for women and men through outreach, education, and prevention. We promote early detection strategies for breast health and access to the best biomedical and evidence-based complementary therapies to reduce the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer. Our vision is to save lives, embrace and achieve a world community free of breast cancer.

For more information on the meeting, please visit www.tdjbreastcancerfund.org.

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