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Welcome

I AM HONORED TO NOW CALL MAIMAH KARMO AND
TIGERLILY FOUNDATION A PARTNER AND FRIEND AS WE
CONTINUE OUR MISSION IN SUPPORTING PEOPLE FACING
CANCER. We are working together to focus our energy in

this new MY LIFE publication on those individuals faced
with metastatic cancer. At Elephants and Tea, our focus is
on the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer experience.
With metastatic cancer patients being a significant part of our
community, we believe there is a need to create greater awareness and service to AYA's with metastatic cancer.
We recognize that racial disparities exist in our medical
system, but sadly little action has been taken to eliminate
these disparities. This must change. With these facts we
believe Elephants and Tea must find ways to address these
issues.
Over the past few months, I have listened, observed,
talked, and learned from many people in the black cancer
community. I have learned that I have been oblivious. Thank
you all for opening up to me and sharing your stories and
fears. Undergoing cancer treatment is hard enough but
being faced with discriminatory behavior due to one skin
color is unacceptable. We must help create change.
I became a new father in February and that brings new
responsibilities: To be the best parent possible. As a father,
I cannot imagine a world where my daughter is looked
at and treated differently because of her skin color. And
as a father, I cannot imagine her skin color reducing her
chances of surviving cancer. Imagine.
We are honored to be with Maimah and Tigerlily Foundation to help be a part of change. As Maimah has said
- "Being black should not negate your right to live." These
words ring true.
We m u s t w o r k
toget her to create
change and eradicate
discriminatory behavior. Thank you for
joining us in being
part of that change.
N IC K GI A L L OU R A K IS ,

I AM BEYOND HUMBLED TO LAUNCH THIS COLLABORATION WITH ELEPHANTS AND TEA, BRINGING YOU
OUR FIRST ISSUE OF MY LIFE PUBLICATION, FOCUSING
SOLELY ON THE AUTHENTIC VOICES OF PEOPLE LIVING
METASTATIC CANCER. Tigerlily Foundation has histori-

cally focused on breast cancer, but as we grow, and looking
at the state of the world today, along with the challenges so
many metastatic patients face, we are taking the lead to talk
about how we can improve the medical system, in addition
how we can end racial disparity in health care. Every day, I
hear the challenges that people who have metastatic cancer
live with; I see their fight, their fears, their passion and the
drive they have to LIVE! I also see the real and raw emotions
that living with metastatic cancer brings and the very real
experiences that the metastatic community faces. I've dedicated my life to ending injustices in the healthcare system,
and this commitment has evolved to what you'll be reading
in our pages going forward.
For this particular issue, we are focusing on the community most devastated by metastatic cancer - the African
American community. As a 14-year black breast cancer
survivor, I'm speaking from my personal experience,
and the experiences of my friends and peers. I also am
speaking my truth. I hope my words resonate with you.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and work
together to create change.

E X E C U T I V E DI R E C TOR
OF ELEPH A N TS

M A I M A H K A R MO, T H E FOU N DE R /C E O OF T H E T IGE R L I LY

A N D TE A

FOU N DAT ION
METASTATIC CANCERS
OCTOBER 2020

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