About Women Conquering Cancer
Women Conquering Cancer is a Community-Based Not-for-Profit Cancer Support Organization dedicated to helping women cancer survivors from all faiths, ethnic and cultural backgrounds overcome the challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer. Our ‘Free’ Community Health Forums provide information on resources to help navigate the healthcare system, understand the disease, live healthy through proper diet and exercise, as well as get the emotional and spiritual support that is vital to all cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Who are We?
Women Conquering Cancer was organized in August 2005 by one of their members who was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer Stage IIIA-clear cell adenocarcinoma. We became a Not-for-Profit Organization on January 17, 2007. We are women from various backgrounds Muslims, Christians and other faiths. Within our diversity we are able to understand and share our commonalities as cancer survivors, caregivers and women of concern. We know that cancer has no color or ethnicity and can strike anyone at any given time.
We are located in the urban community of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York. The majority of women in this community are of African-American and Caribbean-American descent ranging in age 25 – 70 and over 200 will be impacted by cancer. Many are medically underserved and often lack the knowledge on how to navigate the healthcare system to receive quality healthcare. Hence, Women Conquering Cancer through our Bi-Monthly ‘Free’ Health Forums and Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Celebrations educate the community of the importance of taking control of their health through early detection and other survivorship issues.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important"
Kalimah Akbar Ali
Women Conquering Cancer is a member of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition since 2009, which includes 134 agencies and 7 individuals who participate in the GBHC (i.e. community- based organizations, faith-based institutions, hospitals, health insurance companies, home care agencies, nursing facilities, and mental health agencies in various communities).
In September, 2012 the DBNA launched their Community Ticket Program. This program provides access to the community by giving complimentary tickets to Barclays Center games and events. Women Conquering Cancer has been a part of this ticket program for the past 2 years.