NYC Pap Rally & Run 5K Run/Walk

The Faces of Cervical Cancer/HPV
Five years ago I heard four words from my doctor that I never in a million years thought I would hear-- "You Have Cervical Cancer".

I was clueless about the whole thing. I was facing my own mortality, I did not what to do, and I had to fight hard for my life.  It was a tough journey, but I came out on the other side.

Even though I won the battle, I was left numb and scared.  Will this monster come back again?? You don't know the answer to that question, but you hold on to hope and positive vibes.

My Five Year Cancerversary - A Big Milestone

Me and My Wonderful Doctor
It's my fifth year CANCERVERSARY!!!!  I have been counting the days to reach  this big milestone.

Five years in this time and age is not a long time, but as a cancer survivor it means a lot.  It means that the odds of this ugly monster coming back diminishes.

Make no mistake, there will ALWAYS be that  thought in back of my mind, but I'm able to control it a little better now. I'm not looking over my shoulder as much.  Life does go on after cancer.

Health Screening Event - A Success

(L-R) Nadia, Michelle, Cervivor Patti, Jessica & Ayanna
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the organizations LUCES and Tamika and Friends partnered with the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to offer breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings.

It was a cloudy and raining morning but the mission had to go forward, and forward it did.  We are pleased to report that over 20 women had their pap tests and over 50 women had their mammograms.  Yay!!!

We couldn't have ask for better numbers or maybe we can.  We hope that next time more women take advantage of this great opportunity as a preventive measure to prevent breast, cervical and colon cancer. 

mAss Kickers Interview


I was honored to have been featured  on the mAss Kickers organization's website a few months ago.  The mAss Kickers Foundation (MKF) was founded by brain cancer survivor Eric Galvez  . MKF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides support and motivation to all newly-diagnosed patients, family, and friends affected by tumors or cancer. MKF serves this mission through its website, fund-raising, and select events throughout the year.

Screenings for Breast, Cervical & Colorectal Cancers

The non-profit organizations LUCES and Tamika & Friends partnered with the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to offer the Manhattan community FREE Health Screenings.  

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 between 9am -1pm there will be Health Screenings for Breast, Cervical and Colo-rectal Cancers at the Herbert Irving Pavilion - 161 Fort Washington Avenue c/o 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

Raising Awareness on Breast and Cervical Cancer by LUCES and Tamika & Friends

Zumba® Fitness Instructors,  LUCES and T&F
On March 29th, 2014 there was a fundraising Zumbathon® at Our Lady Queen of Martyr Church's Auditorium in upper Manhattan, NY.  The weather did not cooperate because  it was raining, but it did not stopped our mission.

Many people dropped by to have a great time, give support, and be empowered with knowledge.  The three hours just flew - it is true when they say "Times flies when you having fun."