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Tanzanika Lillard, 1-Year Survivor
For Tanzanika Lillard, going through breast cancer as a young, African American woman felt like an isolated experience. She had the loving support of her mother, step-father and daughter—her “strength through it all”—but at age 36, she couldn’t find any other women who looked like her. She didn’t find them in support groups and she didn’t find pictures of their reconstructed breasts in her plastic surgeon’s office. But in her mission to be More Than Pink, she hopes that by serving as a Warrior, other young, African American women will come forward and join her in supporting others.
“Seeing other women who looked like me would have been a tremendous help. I’m hoping to be that inspiration by sharing my story.”
Tanzanika credits Dr. John Rimmer for getting her through the toughest times. He held her hand through every appointment, gave her confidence through chemo and made sure her other doctors provided the best care. “He and his team were there for me every step of the way.”