Dawn Robertson is a one-woman powerhouse. As the sole employee of Race Against Breast Cancer (RABC) in Topeka, Kan., she organizes everything from health fairs to house cleaning for women in treatment. Her biggest focus, however, is providing early detection measures for the medically uninsured. For the last eight years, Dawn has made sure that no woman must forego a mammogram because she can’t afford it. She wants the world to know that early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. To this end, RABC has helped more than 6,000 women receive potentially lifesaving mammograms.
In order to widen her audience, she’s learning Spanish. By communicating directly with her community’s Hispanic population, she’ll have the potential to reach many more women. She also plans to implement a special event to celebrate survivors’ femininity. By providing these women with a spa and beauty service, she’ll also be giving them the opportunity to connect. “I do everything I can to empower these women,” Dawn says. “Knowing that I’m touching a beautiful life and the family she supports is what keeps me going.”
The RABC board of directors is comprised of a passionate group of medical professionals, community activists and breast cancer survivors. Two of these survivors are Sherrill and Lisa. Sherrill is a survivor many times over: She has survived not only breast cancer, but also heart disease and is now supporting a very ill family member. Through RABC, Sherrill has reached out to other women using the same understanding she received from her former oncology nurse. Her compassion has compelled her to refer many women to RABC for mammograms.
Another young woman who has been positively impacted by RABC is Lisa. Lisa’s cancer was discovered at an extremely trying time in her life—after the death of her infant son. Lisa is still in the fight. In addition to the moral support of a group of like-minded women, RABC aided Lisa and her family financially during Christmas time.
RABC is active in the fight against breast cancer by paying for mammograms for women in need, empowering women to take ownership of their own breast health and by facilitating connections between survivors and women who battle cancer today. With their contributions, Yoplait and the American Cancer Society have helped Dawn Robertson and RABC provide uninsured women with mammograms. Please join us in their support with your donation. Donate now