What is Tigerlilly Foundation?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Maimah Karmo
Tigerlily Foundation is a breast cancer foundation whose mission is to educate, empower, advocate for, and provide hands-on, ground level support for young women – before, during and after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation’s programs include our Peer Education Through Awareness and Leadership (PETALs) (education and support), a Chemotherapy Buddy Program (buddies), Buddy Bag Program (we sent a bag with goodies) , Funds for Families (financial assistance),  Meals At Home (meals), and Stage 4 Program.  We help young women when and where they need it – in ways that make an impact on their lives.


Through our PETALS programs, we have done educational outreach and impressed the importance of doing regular breast self examinations.  One woman came to an event – she called months later to say she found a lump in her breast. We were able to direct her to a clinic for a free mammogram.  Luckily, she was cancer free.  If she hadn’t been – she would have at least detected her breast cancer early. Now, she is reaching out to more young women about the importance of knowing their bodies. Another young woman did find a lump. She got treatment and is alive and healthy today.

The Chemotherapy Buddy Program provides young breast cancer patients with a volunteer to be their buddy through treatment.  Based on the patient’s need, the volunteer can spend time with the patient, call to check in, talk, run errands, etc. The goal is to make sure that the patient has companionship, support, and know that they are cared for.

One young woman received her Buddy Bag recently and wrote – “After coming home from a not very pleasant doctor appointment, I was surprised to see a box at my door.  You cannot imagine how my mood instantly changed when I opened the box and pulled out the goodies all in the Tigerlily tote bag!  Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and giving me a very special pick-me-up just when I really needed it.  I am so thankful that my breast care nurse navigator put me in touch with your Foundation.  What a blessing it has been!  Knowing that I am not alone, that there are others who have been where I am and have survived, it all helps me to realize that things will be OK.  Thank you for all you do!”


Through Tigerlily Foundation’s Funds for Families Program, we called a young woman to let her know we could pay her car note.  She immediately began to cry.  Apparently, her car was going to be re-possessed in a few days. She had fallen behind because of trying to balance treatment, costs of bills and if her car had gotten taken away, she would not have had a way to get to her doctor’s visits.  Another young woman was about to get evicted from her apartment. We paid her rent just in time. She was able to stay in her home.

Through Tigerlily Foundation’s Meals at Home Program, we sent meals to another young woman, who emailed us to say, “Thank you so much for your wonderful organization and your recent shipments of the delicious “At Home” meals . They really lifted my family’s spirits during a particularly difficult time during treatment.”

About our Stage 4 Program, recently a young woman who we have been supporting the past year had been told she was in remission. Three months later, her breast cancer returned with a vengeance.  Re-diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, she was terrified. She was a young mother with three children.  We paid utility bills and bought food.  After she passed on, we paid their mortgage for a few months, bought Christmas presents and more.

At Tigerlily Foundation, we are not focused on just raising awareness. People are more than aware of breast cancer. We want them to understand how it can impact anyone. We want them to be their own best advocates. We give them tools so that they are empowered and we are there for them – on the ground – as they fight for their lives, and beyond.

Here are the Facts

More than 11,000 young women are diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 1,100 lose their lives because of this disease.  Furthermore, younger women have more aggressive breast cancers and higher mortality rates.  The breast cancer often grows faster due to higher levels of estrogen in younger women.  These are the women Tigerlily Foundation is here to serve.   Visit Tigerlily Foundation at www.tigerlilyfoundation.org, email at info@tigerlilyfoundation.org or call 888-580-6253 to learn how you can join our mission.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Maimah Karmo

President and CEO, Tigerlily Foundation


  • Truely

    What irritates me about the braest cancer foundation is that they only focus their awareness towards one form of cancer and blow off other people with different types of cancer in their walks. Guess what? There are LOTS of forms of cancer out there! They do not recognize people in their walks that are cancer patients unless it’s braest cancer. They also require your team to raise a minimum of $ 2500 to be able to do the walk in the first place. Therefore, if you have only 11 bucks to donate, they dismiss you you’d think that every dollar would be acceptable to walk along a public place to raise awareness and fund research to find a cure. I walk with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their event called Light the Night. They don’t require a minimum donation and provide different colored balloons for patients, supporters, and in memory of those lost to cancer not just Leukemia, Lymphoma, or other forms of blood cancer ALL TYPES OF CANCER. I have Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My mother was a braest cancer survivor. I have nothing against raising money for cancer research; in fact, I absolutely hope that more people donate to help to find a cure for cancer and to provide the funds needed for research for drugs that improve people’s lives. I just don’t like charity snobs. I know they are trying to raise as much money in as large amounts as possible, but I think shunning people who are not able to raise their minimum is the wrong way to go about it. Every penny counts why turn any away?!!

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