Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund Support Group (TDJBCF Support Group)
Established in April 2010 and modeled after a support group at the World Bank Group, the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Support Group is the signature program of the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund, providing a warm, welcoming, safe and secure environment for participants to discuss their diagnosis and concerns while receiving hope, inspiration and courage during their journey. As someone who has traveled the journey with an extensive support system, Founder Thelma D. Jones strongly believes that no one should travel their cancer journey alone. The highly-acclaimed and three-times nationally recognized support group meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in Southwest DC, unless otherwise specified. Approximately 1000 women, men and young girls have attended the meetings since its inception. Most participants are breast cancer survivors who attend on a regular basis and periodically invite other survivors who become regular members as well.
A highlight of the support group is providing a forum for breast cancer survivors as well as a speaking venue for renowned guest speakers. Past speakers have included, among others:
- Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory
- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
- Willie Jolley, Motivational Speaker
- Lucille Adams-Campbell, PhD, Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, Associate Dean for Community Health & Outreach, and Professor of Oncology at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center
- Elmer E. Huerta, MD, MPH, Director, Cancer Preventorium, Washington Cancer Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital
- Sharon Farmer, Former Director, White House Photography
- Aminah Keats, ND, FABNO (Board Certified, Naturopathic Oncology)
- Richard O. Kennedy, MD, Former Chief Medical Officer, World Bank Group
- Melanie Nix, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor, Advocate, & Co-Founder, Breast Cancer Comfort Site
- Lorraine Nagy, Country Health Specialist, RN, MPH, World Bank Group and Co-Founder, World Bank Group-IMF Breast Cancer Support Group
- Shanti Norris, Executive Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
- Carole O’Toole, Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Institute for Integrative Oncology Navigation (co-created Smith Center’s national training in integrative cancer care navigation). Founder Thelma D. Jones was trained as a community breast care navigator under O’Toole’s tutelage.
- Bridget Oppong, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University & Attending Physician, MedStar Breast Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- Bonita Pennino, MS, Maryland and DC Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.
- Nicole E. Thompson, MS, Genetic Counselor and Director, Howard University Cancer Center Genetics Program
- Lori L. Wilson, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Howard University Hospital
- Mike Brookins, BS, Breast Cancer Survivor, & U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran
- Rosemary Reed Miller, Author, Entrepreneur (Toast and Strawberries) and Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Speakers present or lead discussions in their areas of expertise relating to breast health, the continuum of cancer or healthy living.