Isis Pickens discovered a passion for narratives during the summers
Isis Pickens discovered a passion for narratives during the summers she spent on the back porch of her grandmother’s Sopchoppy, Florida home, reading novels and ease dropping on the towns folk. There she learned the importance of community engagement, grassroots organizing and the power story has in the healing process. She has had the honor of partnering with WOC for nearly five years, providing over 1500 community residents with free health care screenings, fitness & nutrition classes, preventative care education and pertinent information on after care treatment for breast cancer survivors. She now serves as WOC’s Executive Director helping to continue the important work of breast health education and survivor support.
Charlene is a breast cancer survivor, a passionate activist and
Charlene is a breast cancer survivor, a passionate activist and advocate. Choosing to have mastectomy and reconstruction on the same day, is just a small example of the brave woman she is. As Outreach Coordinator for Women Of Color: Breast Cancer Survivor Support Project, she has shared many a tears, laughs and prayers with breast cancer survivors through the years. She gives guidance to newly diagnosed women through resource sharing, education and monthly support group. She continues to train and educate the community on early detection and breast heal.
Carolyn is a founding member and has worked as the
Board Chair Person
Carolyn is a founding member and has worked as the longest running president of Women of Color, since its inception. Women of Color: Breast Cancer Survivor Support Project grew tremendously under Carolyn’s leadership. Carolyn led an assembly of brave and passionate women. The women pulled their money and resources together to care for one another. This included ride sharing, medication sharing and loads of tears, prayer and laughter, until witnessing their work and concern for women in their communities, they were given office space by Daniel Freeman Medical Center.
Florence is a 10 year breast cancer survivor. She is
Survivorship Care Project Leader
Florence is a 10 year breast cancer survivor. She is dedicated to increasing the quality of survivorship and care for women of color breast cancer survivors. She is the community principal investigative for our Survivorship Care Project. SCP is a peer navigation research project that partners Women of Color with the City of HOPE Cancer research center. SCP pairs a 6 or more year survivor with a survivor 6 to 12 months out of surgery. Together the women walk through the first 12 months into treatment, with the belief that support and a comprehensive medical record aid in the quality of life and survivorship success.
1991, P.J. Viviansayles was diagnosed with cancer. She had three
1991, P.J. Viviansayles was diagnosed with cancer. She had three children, no job, no car, and nowhere to take her tears and fears. There were literally no support groups in her low-income South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Determine to create community, P.J. solicited other survivors to share her dream of better health and survivor sisterhood. Women Of Color: Breast Cancer Survivor Support Project was created to provide supportive services and counsel for African American women, other women of color survivors and their families.
Beverly Rhines worked for the City of Compton helping to
Beverly Rhines worked for the City of Compton helping to place children of incarcerated parents, before her breast cancer diagnosis in 1991. She used her superb organizing skills to help fellow survivor P.J. Viviansayles organize newly diagnosed women in South Los Angeles. Together they created a loving space and opportunity for women to share in their stories of survival.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jana Jones as always had
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jana Jones as always had a desire to serve others. She has worked with many non-profit and public agencies with missions ranging from serving and empowering youth to providing vital services to senior citizens and homeless families. In 2014, she stepped out on faith and founded the Anansi Project, a program that offers creative writing workshops to youth and young adults in Los Angeles and Inglewood. Jana is honored to have the opportunity to use her talents and experience on behalf of Women of Color.
Jackie is a three time breast cancer survivor and the
Jackie is a three-time breast cancer survivor and the heartbeat of Women Of Color’s Outreach program. She shines as the lead teacher and trainer of our Each One Teach Oneprogram, providing much-needed presentations and seminars on breast health and early detection. Any given weekend of the month you will find her lugging a cart full of supplies and information to the next community forum, city health fair or outreach expo. As outreach coordinator, Jackie connects newly diagnosed women and their families to local support groups and much-needed resources for survival. We are indebted to her for her dedication to women in need of support everywhere.