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On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah Karmo was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.
She was 32 years old. She had a 3-year-old at the time, and her fiancé walked away days after her breast surgery. Life fell apart.
While undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if he restored her spirit, she would give her life to him in service. The next day, when she woke, she was a different person. She kept her promise, and Tigerlily Foundation was born. Tigerlily’s mission is to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer. Since then, Tigerlily has provided programs to young women of diverse backgrounds, including those at heightened risk of breast cancer, those with less access to care and, has worked to improve the quality of life for young adult breast cancer survivors by creating vigilant self-advocates.
Since starting Tigerlily, Maimah has dedicated her life to helping young women around the world. A sought-after speaker, she has appeared in numerous national print outlets, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Redbook. She has also been featured on national television, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America," FOX, ABC, and CBS.
Maimah shares her inspiring story in her upcoming memoir, Fearless: Awakening to My Life's Purpose Through Breast Cancer (Brown Books, October 2012), which she was prompted to write by Oprah Winfrey herself during an appearance on her show in September 2008. In it, she shares her journey, how it spurred her into becoming a breast cancer advocate, and how it inspired her to create the life of her dreams.
Learn more at MaimahKarmo.com
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