By Southwester Staff

In partnership with GOODProjects, James Creek and Syphax Gardens Resident Councils and the SWBID, the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF) is hosting Breast Cancer 101 on Monday, July 11, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at River Park, 1311 Delaware Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024. Free and open to Southwest residents only, Breast Cancer 101 will feature powerful stories of survivors, discussions on myths and misconceptions, prevention, importance of mammography screening and adherence, risks, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, genetic counseling and testing and survivorship.  Additionally, the event will offer on-site registration for mammography screening at the Capital Breast Care Center. 

The event was created based on demonstrated community need, as Southwest residents previously shared the ways cancer has touched their lives at the Liberty Fest and Earth Day event held along Canal Street near the Greenleaf Recreation Field. TDJBCF founder Thelma D. Jones spoke to local residents from an information table at the event. 

“Of all the tabling I’ve done since my 2007 diagnosis, this event was a wakeup call for me,” Jones said. “Practically every person that visited my table and signed up for further assistance was either a breast cancer survivor or their sister or mother was one. One resident even indicated that she had five members in her family who were or had experienced some form of cancer. I knew then that we had to do something, as early detection saves lives and no one should have to walk their cancer journey alone.”

Breast Cancer 101 will also feature guest speaker Dr. Lucile Adams-Campbell, Professor of Oncology, Senior Dean Associate, Community Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Director, Minority Health & Health Disparities Research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Registration is required by Friday, July 8, 2022. Please RSVP to Thelma D. Jones at (202) 251-1639. Fresh produce , refreshments, gift bags and raffle prizes will be available.

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