Antoinette Greer - CEO
Antoinette, a native of Los Angeles who grew up in the inner city's Watts-Willowbrook area.. She is a breast cancer survivor and a Co-Founder of My Sister My Friend Breast Cancer Support. Diagnosed at the age of 40, with Stage 3B breast cancer, while residing in Long Beach, California. She underwent a modified radical mastectomy, six months of chemotherapy and twenty-six treatments of radiation. It was during this time that she learned the women in her community faced marginal challenges in areas such as: access to care, financial loss, cultural competence, support and overall survival of the disease.
One year post treatment she gathered together with three other survivors and formed an Affiliate Chapter of Sisters Network Inc. An African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization recognized nationally for helping women within their communities, later, becoming My Sister My Friend Breast Cancer Support in 2006. During her tenure Antoinette sought to take charge of the needs of women treating for breast cancer in her community, that these women might not slip through the cracks and re-enter the mainstream following treatment. The program includes a social worker for case management, a licensed therapist who is also a survivor of breast cancer and a meeting coordinator; which differed from other peer led support programs.
She is a volunteer, patient advocate and spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and recipient of their Patient in Courage Award. A strong collaborator for services such as navigational screening, treatment transportation, financial support of lay and vulnerable populations. She has served as a Peer Counselor for "The Spirit Project" with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a volunteer to St Mary Dignity & Health Community Benefits and Outreach Staff. While having spearheaded various educational outreach projects and programs within the group, which fostered meeting the individual, and basic needs of survivors, their caregivers and in support of early detection. She served as a Reviewer for Susan Komen’s Los Angeles County Affiliate Grants Committee and has been involved with their Circle of Promise African American Initiative.. She a recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Award presented by the NAACP Long Beach Affiliate, the “John Lea Award” for community service, the California Legislative Assembly, the Partners in Education Award from Compton Unified Schools and several other superior performance awards from various entities regarding the spirit of excellence in her work.
The organization acted as a Co-Sponsor of Body & Soul; A Wellness Forum for several years.. The organization currently shares in the support of women referred to the group by clinics and hospitals throughout Los Angeles County. The organization has a 15 year track record of successfully providing direct services. Antoinette is also a former member of the American Business Women’s Association (Diamonds of South Bay-Long Beach) and the author of the book entitled ''Ask Antoinette; A Columnist Collection of Q & A'. This book answers the many questions that face patients battling cancer today. Proceeds from all sales directly benefit My Sister My Friend Breast Cancer Support. Be sure to listen to the Sound Cloud radio interview on our Home page and hear what the book entails. The book is available here for a $25.00 donation,. as well as many other platforms. Click on the book the photo and get your signed copy today. *Other venues copies will not include her signature and their cost will be $15.00.