The Healing Power of Storytelling: Virtual Listening Summit focused in Philadelphia, PA | Washington, DC
November 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bringing together Black Artists, Tigerlily ANGEL Advocates, and Healthcare Providers to share how they transformed the stark canvas of their diagnosis through their art form to a powerful place of healing within.
Javacia Harris Bowser, Moderator & Author
Javacia Harris Bowser is an award-winning freelance journalist and essayist and the founder of See Jane Write, a website and community for women who write. She was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in January of 2020. Just as Javacia used writing to cope with her cancer diagnosis, she empowers other survivors and thrivers to do the same through her blog, social media, and workshops. She became involved with Tigerlily Foundation in 2021 as an ANGEL Advocate and Recruiter to elevate her breast cancer advocacy work.
Coretta Collins, Family Nurse Practitioner, Author
Coretta Collins is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She serves patients with cancer and blood conditions at Hematology & Oncology Associates of Alabama in Birmingham. Additionally, she is a writer who emphasizes health and wellness through her blog Confessions of a Nurse Practitioner. She has authored the CANspiration Journal, an inspirational journal specifically for patients fighting cancer. With her experience in oncology, primary care and women’s health she enjoys imparting knowledge in an engaging and practical way. Moreover, she is a wife and mother of 3 who enjoys family time, music, movies, traveling, speaking, reading and writing. For more information, visit her website at ccthenp.com.
Tasha C. Carter, Poet and Breast Cancer Survivor
Tasha C. Carter was born in Washington, D.C. and currently resides in Brandywine located in Prince George’s County, MD. She attended and graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Tasha is married to her beloved husband, James A. Carter, Jr. of 26 years, and have two children, Alexus and James, III.
As a 10 year Breast Cancer Survivor, co-owner of Sisters 4 Life, LLC apparel company and published author, Purposeful Poetry, Tasha has always had a passion for poetry and started writing at 10 years old. Her love for writing grew stronger in 2011 when she was diagnosed with Stage 0 and Stage 1 Breast Cancer. She used poetry to help heal the wounds of her diagnosis and treatment and inspire others to keep their faith and never give up hope.
Kellie Goss, ANGEL Advocate
Kellie is an Army veteran turned breast + ovarian cancer advocate currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a BRCA1 previvor and the daughter of a two-time breast cancer survivor. In 2018, after discovering that she carried the BRCA gene mutation, Kellie opted to have a prophylactic mastectomy and hysterectomy to mitigate the risk. Kellie earned her doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership. She shares her BRCA1 journey in the hopes that women of color will see themselves represented when making informed decisions about breast and ovarian health, early detection, and genetic counseling.
Maricia Cole, ANGEL Advocate
Maricia, of Los Angeles, CA is a young adult (under age 40) survivor of stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer, diagnosed at the age of 36. She’s a survivor who credits God, supportive family and friends, and an extreme will to live through her diagnosis. After going through that journey, Maricia is now an active advocate for her community educating others about breast cancer and also being that person to go to if anyone should ever need it. As an Angel advocate I assist in hosting virtual angel trainings and serve as a panelist on several opportunities relevant to my cancer journey.