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Black Health

Maimah Karmo is the Founder/CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation (Tigerlily) and a twelve-year survivor
of breast cancer. On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast
cancer. She had no family history and was 32-years old. While undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast
cancer. After her second treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born. 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. Maimah has worked
with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to launch national campaigns and has
served as an Ambassador for National Women's Health Week, an initiative of the
Office of Women's Health. 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. Most dear to her heart is her 17-year old daughter, Noelle, now an advocate
in her own right, having launched Pajama Glam, engaging girls to be advocates
and have healthy lifestyles and now, working on a platform to connect with teens
living with "unseen" health issues, such as chronic and mental health. Noelle
and Maimah dote on their Morkies, Honey and Sugar. 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. In 2013, she founded Bliss Magazine, a digital publication that inspires
others to live their purpose. Maimah is a transformational coach, hosts The
Pure Bliss podcast and "Manifest" Conference. Visit to
learn about her podcast, products, workshops, masterclasses, card decks,
jewelry line and more. Visit www.tigerlilyfoundation to learn about how you
can support young women - before, during and after breast cancer! You
can find Maimah on Twitter @maimah, on Instagram @maimah and on
Facebook @maimahkarmoofficial. l


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