What is Tamika and Friends?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Lee Anna Belton
Tamika & Friends, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about cervical cancer and its link to HPV (human papillomavirus). Founded in 2005 by cervical cancer survivor and advocate Tamika Felder, our network of survivors and their friends spread the essential message that through education, prevention and treatment, cervical cancer can be entirely eliminated. Believing that creative communication is far more infectious than HPV – we provide many hands-on ways to spread the word to women in all walks of life.

Tamika and Friends is staffed by volunteers, and even though we are a small non-profit, we are mighty. As we begin 2011, we have to look back and reflect on the great work that Tamika and Friends has been able to accomplish. During cervical cancer awareness month January 2010, Tamika and Friends, organized the inaugural Cervical Cancer Day On The Hill. This great day is where survivors, advocates, and medical professionals were able to come together and spread awareness on the political arena.

In addition to this great day, Tamika and Friends launched its inaugural Walk to Beat the Clock in Summerville, South Carolina. This walk, not more important than all our Walk to Beat the Clock, was a phenomenal experience as this is the home town of founder Tamika Felder. Tamika and Friends also celebrated the launch of two new chapters in Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.

You would think the month of January (National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month) 2010 alone would be enough for Tamika and Friends…but that’s not the case. Throughout 2010, we continued with our Walk to Beat the Clocks in Washington, DC and New York, New York City raising a over $30,000. These funds allow us to provide financial assistance through the Gift of Giving and Angel Gift of Love. Tamika and Friends is very proud to be one of the few non-profits that give directly to the women and their families that are impacted by cervical cancer and HPV.

T&F had the great opportunity to attend the signing of the health care reform act signed by President Obama. Tamika and Friends also attended the March on Health Care Rally…we are always trying to spread awareness anyway we can. We also attended the LiveStrong Day, gave a presentation at the AFL-CIO headquarters as well as held our Girlfriend Retreat in Seattle, Washington. A motorcycle ride was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Add that to our annual attendance at the NBC 4 health fair in Washington, DC, and we hope to have saved lots of “coochies”.

Tamika and Friends also embarked on our Survivor Slimdown Challenge. Tamika, along with two survivors, trained and completed the Pacific Grove Tri-athalon. Another one of Tamika and Friends highlights of 2010 was attending the Stand Up To Cancer event in Los Angeles, California. SU2C is a great way for all impacted by cancer to come together to fund-raise for research to eradicate cancer.

What can you do to help bring awareness? Host a House Party of fiVe, start a Tamika and Friends chapter in your area, donate to an event? For more information on log on to www.tamikaandfriends.org.

 

Lee Anna Belton, LICSW, LCSW-C Board Member

  • Dana

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