Alicia Black Says Cancer Navigators Gave Her a Second Chance at Life
Having survived metastatic breast cancer, Cancer Navigators patient Alicia Black spends her days giving back to the place she says gave her a second chance at life.
Unable to work after her treatment, Black began volunteering at Cancer Navigators assisting patients, scheduling appointments and taking phone calls. She also helps distribute donation items such as wigs, bras and Ensure to patients.
“I knew I wanted to volunteer with Cancer Navigators after all they had done for me and my family financially, mentally and emotionally. They really opened their arms and took me in,” said Black. “I have so much admiration for the Cancer Navigators team, and I want to give others the support they have given me.”
For Black, supporting patients who are currently battling cancer is the most rewarding part of her volunteer work.
“I share my story with the patients and take the time to listen to theirs. I hope that maybe if they hear what I went through they will see someone who has battled and survived. I want them to understand that cancer is not a death sentence and they have so much to live for,” said Black. “I want them to know it will be OK.”
Black was also a team captain for the 2016 Cast Off Against Cancer, Cancer Navigators’ largest annual fundraiser.
Funds raised by Cancer Navigators are used to provide counseling, education and resources to cancer patients in northwest Georgia.
If you would like to donate your time or resources, contact Cancer Navigators at 706.295.4119 or stop by our office on the third floor of the Harbin Clinic’s Tony E. Warren M.D., Cancer Center.