By Southwester Staff

Every January, the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund Support Group meeting focuses on the meaning and importance of advocacy around breast cancer and cancer in general. As we kick off the new year and the beginning of the tenth anniversary of the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund, (TDJBCF) the topic of advocacy will be intertwined in a discussion on grief and loss and the challenging role of caregiving. Join us on Wednesday, January 19, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom and the TDJBCF Facebook live ( as we share lived experiences on dealing with grief and loss, serving as a caregiver and advocating for what’s best for ourselves and our families.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott, breast cancer survivor, TDJBCF ambassador and co-founder of Happy on Wheels, will discuss her experience with grief after losing her sister to liver cancer, useful resources and how others can help those dealing with grief of losing a loved one to cancer.

In addition, Scarlett S. Small, a former caregiver and TDJBCF board member and ambassador, will share her experience as her daughter’s caregiver as she lost her battle with lupus at age 40. She will also share how being a military spouse and living in four cities and four countries impacted her daughter’s treatment, prompting Scarlett to become a staunch advocate for her daughter’s care. The meeting will be emceed by Jacqueline Beale, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network  (ACSCAN)  national ambassador and the TDJBCF Evelyn B. Curtis Spirit Awardee. For more information on the TDJBCF, please visit www.tdjbreastcancerfund, email  thelma@tdjbreastcancerfund or call 202-251-1639.

The TDJBCF is a nine-time award-winning grassroots organization with local, national, and global recognition. Our mission is to advocate and improve 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 incidences and mortality rates of breast cancer. Our vision is to save lives, embrace and achieve a world community free of breast cancer.

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