Massachusetts Chapter (Boston)
|Chapter Leader: Jessica Kraeft
Chapter leader since January 2015
A Message from Chapter leader Jessica Kraeft for Cervical Health Awareness Month
My mother recently passed away from metastatic cervical cancer at the age of 56. Watching the suffering she endured from this disease was the most difficult time of my life, as she was previously a vibrant, active and independent woman.
Nothing will ever replace the relationship I had with my mother; however, I have started a Greater Boston Area chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) in her memory. I hope to raise awareness about this disease and educate medical students and young physicians regarding this preventable cancer, so others will not have to endure the same pain and suffering that my mother did. Given that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, I thought this would be a good place to start to raise awareness.
Many women in our communities don’t know the risk from cervical cancer. As an abdominal imager, I have interpreted too many MRIs and CTs of patients with cervical cancer. But, every gift helps inform at least one more woman understand her risk and what to do to avoid cancer. Cervical cancer is the only cancer we can wipe out in our lifetime. Last year in the United States, about 12,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 women died.
The NCCC will help me with my personal goal of educating physicians and women in our communities so that no one need ever die of cervical cancer again. It is entirely too hard to see someone you love die of a preventable disease.
The NCCC and it’s members across the United States will keep working until cervical cancer stops taking the lives of our loved ones. I hope that you will aid in this effort by making a donation today.
Learn more about how you can be involved by contacting Chapter Leader Jessica Kraeft.
Check back soon for more news on upcoming events.
To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened, call: (877) 414-4447
Women's Health Network
Massachusetts Department of Health
250 Washington Street, Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Fax: (617) 624-5055
Want to learn more about the chapter? Interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or fundraiser, or just getting more information? Contact Chapter Leader Jessica Kraeft to learn more.