In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Avon is celebrating the women behind the countless efforts around the country to care for thousands of patients and survivors. Meet the women who will appear in a special Pink edition of Avon’s brochure in October. From fundraisers to research specialists to indispensable patient navigators, these women help build communities of strength and support. Read on to meet the five incredible individuals below, and if you’re looking to get more involved yourself, head to All for the Breast and AvonFoundation.org to learn more.
Ardsley, New York
AVON 39 Participant & Patient Navigator
“I walk so women and men will never have to hear the words ‘you have breast cancer’ ever again. I will fight this fight until the end.”
As a certified Breast Health Patient Navigator for St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York, Shari works to provide knowledge, guidance and direction for women fighting breast cancer, helping patients come to terms with the cost, fear and misinformation surrounding the disease. After having experienced the arduous journey of diagnoses and treatment through her husband’s grandmother’s battle with breast cancer, Shari knew she wanted to devote her life to helping women overcome the disease. After a grant from The Avon Foundation provided a mammography suite for her hospital, she knew had to become apart of the organization. Since then, she has walked AVON 39 for four years, raising over $15,000 for breast cancer funding and awareness.
Patient Navigator and Research Associate at Tufts
“I connect with patients and help them through their breast cancer journey.”
After graduating from Yale University in 2011, Sabrina began a two-year language and teaching fellowship in China’s rural Anhui province. This experience not only deepened her love for community outreach, but also solidified her passion for helping others, ultimately leading to her career as a Patient Navigator and Research Assistant at Tufts Medical Center and the Center for Health Solutions.
New York, New York
Avon 39er & Avon Associate
“I help make a difference with every step of AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer.”
Jill has been raising money for the breast cancer cause for over 10 years. She is now a national ambassador for AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer. As a spokesperson and past participant, she not only “talks the talk,” she “walks the Walk” – and has trekked more than 400 miles since 2005 to end breast cancer once and for all. She is an inspiration to all AVON 39ers and knows first-hand how our beneficiaries’ work impacts women and men across the country.
Avon Representative since 1978
“I create awareness to support, educate and help all women.”
Dottie Randall has been an Avon Representative for 37 years and has no plans of stopping her beauty-for-a-purpose pursuit anytime soon. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, Dottie sought out support from a community of strong women. Her sister was diagnosed three years later, and as the disease kept rearing its ugly head into her life, she made it her purpose to put an end to breast cancer. Her ultimate goal is to generate breast cancer awareness by providing support, education and guidance to women fighting the disease, in the hope to empower the lives that have been changed by breast cancer.
Brooklyn, New York
Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient
“I am here to inspire cancer survivors and anyone overcoming adversity.”
In April of 2003 at the young age of 28, Khadijah was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. With a daughter at home, she underwent a reconstructive mastectomy surgery. On her 29th birthday she was considered “cancer-free” and celebrated by joining the Young Survival Coalition, a global organization offering resources to breast cancer patients. After suffering a severe cough in 2010, she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She pursued her dream of getting her graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 2013 and is now standing as tall as ever, continuing to live everyday by her daughter’s words, “Mom, you beat it before — you’ll do it again.” As a communications strategist and freelance journalist, Khadijah is now sharing stories like hers with the world.
For more information on breast cancer and breast health, visit All for the Breast.