Tamika’s Friends – Volunteers, Board Members and Medical Advisory Board
My name is Carolyn Jacobson and the organization I head up, Cervical Cancer Prevention Works (CCPW) (www.cluw.org/cervcancer.html), has been partnering with T&F on numerous projects since each was created in 2005.
CCPW focuses on reaching unions (particularly the more than 6.9 million working women who are union members) with the messages that cervical cancer is close to 100% preventable and how to prevent it. Over 90 percent of union members have health insurance, with most union health plans covering the technologies that can prevent cervical cancer.
This was harder than I ever thought it would be. Literally, I have known Tamika all of her life. I have always prided myself in being the “big cousin.” Although I am only a year older than Tamika, it didn’t matter. It was always my mission to make sure no one messed with my little cousin. This meant at school, while at play or anywhere. Our parents also instilled in us that we were to take care of each other.
Hi, I’m Kimberly Williams (most people call me Kim) and I am the Community Outreach Director for Tamika and Friends, Inc. I met Tamika over six years ago while a member of National Council of Negro Women –Greater Washington Millennium Section. After hearing her story, I wanted to become involved. Educating others about their health is something I truly enjoy doing.
Katy and I met in junior high school during track season. We both ran the hurdles; Katy, I have to admit, was better than me only because her legs were longer than mine. (I ended up getting the nickname"Stumpy".) We ran together for five years, and I was made honorary captain during her senior year since I was still a junior. We managed to stay friends after she graduated high school, and when she started college, I was made honorary college student.
Tamika Lynn Felder and I have been friends as long as I can remember using the word “friend”—which began middle school. Tamika and I have a small difference in opinion as far as when we actually became friends. She contends that we were friends even prior to middle school.
After my best friend Heather passed away from cervical cancer at age 28, a devastating event that I wrote about for Jane magazine (ihatetumors.org/jane2006.html), I heard about a study that said less than half of American women had even heard of HPV, the super-common virus that causes cervical cancer.
I met Tamika summer of 1997, not too long after she moved to Maryland. She and my cousin, Angela (Executive Director of T&F) were college friends and Angela suggested we meet since she did not know many people in the area at the time.