At Tigerlily’s 8th Annual Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill, we will facilitate conversations with Members of Congress, staffers, advocates, patients, healthcare providers, national/local healthcare leaders, media, and community activists about survivorship care plans. It is our mission to advance partnerships, tools, content, messages, and methods to increase access to survivorship care plans. Together, let’s mobilize a network of diverse advocates and experts to champion survivorship studies and programs across Federal agencies to engage in a coordinated effort to improve the health and quality of life of survivors.
Advocating to advance education and access to survivorship care plans for health care providers and all patients.
Tigerlily Foundation’s Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill (YWBHD) was first held in 2009 to create additional advocacy and awareness about the issues young breast cancer survivors faced and the work of Tigerlily. This event amplified Tigerlily Foundation’s collaboration with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz writing the draft bill of the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act which was later signed by the Congresswoman in 2010. Annually, Tigerlily mobilizes advocates to advance breast health equity priorities.
Tigerlily provides breast health, educational, empowerment wellness and transformational programs to young women. After working with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to develop the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, in October 2011, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she works to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, for women under the age of 45 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease. She is a speaker and media personality, regularly called upon to speak on Capitol Hill and other venues, as a health, advocacy and empowerment expert.
In 2015, Maimah advocated with Members of Congress to ensure that young women had access to breast screening. Tigerlily Foundation flew young women to Washington, D.C. to meet with 74 members of Congress. The visit resulted in doubling the House and Senate support for the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screening (PALS) legislation. The bill was signed into law within a month, protecting the lives and rights of millions of women. She is a leader in the women’s health field, creating and implementing national health initiatives for women and girls, with a goal of eliminating disparities of age, stage and color. Under Maimah’s leadership, Tigerlily Foundation has launched national and global health initiatives focused on ending disparities, through the #InclusionPledge, partnering with global stakeholders, with a call to action to recognize health disparities as a social justice issue; and working to end disparities for Black women in our lifetime.
Maimah has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Black Enterprise, Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook, Women and Cancer, Cure Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine and more. She has also been featured on Fox 5, ABC 7, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN, Good Morning America, the Today Show and more. She is a sought-after speaker by the media and for policy events; and she is a philanthropist.
In 2010, Maimah published Fearless: Awakening to my Life’s Purpose Through Breast Cancer. In 2018, she published the “Badass Girl’s Book of Prayers”. She recently published Divine Downloads: Transforming through Trauma, followed by Unicorn Boss, in June 2020. You can find Maimah on Twitter @maimah, on Instagram @maimah and on Facebook @maimahkarmoofficial.
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