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Jamil Rivers was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer de novo at age 39. Determined to fight and be here for her children, husband and family, she researched vigorously to learn how to best prepare for her battle to survive. With chemotherapy in conjunction with improving her nutrition with food and supplements and incorporating integrative therapies, she is doing well and now on endocrine therapy. She continues to work full-time as a nonprofit CFO and live an active life. She believes that the research she did to prepare herself for her cancer fight has been critical in her recovery and overall wellness. She became an advocate to use her voice and experiences to help advance legislative policy, medical research and customize support to better meet the needs of individuals impacted by breast cancer, particularly metastatic and African-American patients.
Jamil is a Young Advocate Alum and Board Member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She is a Board Member of METAvivor. She is a policy, science and health equity advocate and metastatic advisory committee member with Susan G. Komen. She is a member and patient advisor of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. She is a proposal reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program with the Department of Defense and a Project LEAD graduate. She also launched The Chrysalis Initiative which provides mentoring and resource navigation to women with breast cancer and engages in outreach and education for African-American women to assess their breast cancer risk.
Through Jamil’s work, she has participated in countless community health events, facilitated the design and funding of two metastatic clinical trials, met with leadership within the PA governor’s office and congressional leaders in D.C., testified to the FDA, and connected numerous women to resources for screenings, treatment and support. Jamil has been featured in People Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune, national campaigns for Anthropologie, Novartis, Pfizer and Cancer and Careers and on CBS News and Good Morning America. Jamil and her husband, Rick have three children and reside in Drexel Hill, PA.