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We Care 2 Agency LLC, is a nonprofit 501(c3) community service organization, which was created in 2019. This foundation was brought into existing when founder Kenya Johnson was diagnosed with stage one triple negative breast cancer. As she began chemotherapy, her sister Felicia gave her a gift bag filled with goodies to help her through treatment. Kenya was amazed by the thoughtfulness and the energy her sister put into providing this gift, she knew this was something that every patient could use. now today this act of kindness has made a major impact on the lives of thousands of patients. Not only do we Give cancer patients a reason to smile But also the homeless and save our community initiative, seniors and underserved youth.
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The disparity in our community is very alarming to me. As I continue to speak to other black and brown women who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I keep hearing the same common experience of unequal medical treatment.
Many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms, which is why screening is so important. Between regular mammograms, women should pay attention to any and all of the following signs;
. A lamp or mass
.Discharge other than breastmilk
.Swelling of all or part of the breast
.Skin irritation or dimpling
.Thickening of the nipple or breast
.Pain in the breast or nipple
We Care 2 Agency realized that lending a helping hand to people in need transforms their lives and gives them the strength and fortitude to fight and live to the fullest
Will help us, Provide Chemo Care Bags for patients who are currently In severe treatments for cancer
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.Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50
.Black women have the highest Breast Cancer death rate of all ethnic groups
.Black women have a 43% higher rate of breast cancer death date white women
.Black women are less likely to survive for five years after a diagnosis
. Black women have a higher rate of more aggressive breast cancer, such as triple negative cancer
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February 28 feed the homeless
March 5 feed the homeless
March 12 feed the community
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March 27 feed the homeless
April 3, 2021 at 1PM Central and Madison in Chicago
April 9-11 in Dallas Texas
April 17, 2021 at 10am Columbus Park in
April 24, 2021 at 1pm Christiana and 16th Ave. in Chicago
May 8, 2021 at 11 am Madison and Kedzie in Chicago
May 22, 2021 at 11am Kedzie and Chicago ave in Chicago
June 12, 2021 at 10an on Madison and Pulaski
June 19, 2021 at 11am Central and Madsion
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July 9, 2021 Pop-up grocery pass out
July 17, 2021 At 11 AM Madison and Lockwood
July 31, 2021 at 11am Lockwood and Madison
August 3, Garfield Park National Night Out
August 7 at 10 AM Chicago Ave
August 13 at 10 AM 10833 S. Halsted retired and senior program
August 13 at 12 noon Horan Patk Back to School Giveaway and Resource Fair
August Community essential Giveaway in collaboration with Each One Teach One Community Center
August 16 dropped off 40 love talking back to the Cancer Center
August 18 pop-up grocery store Giveaway
August 19 dropped off 20 love token bags off to Amita Cancer Center
August 20-22 Black Women Expo
September 4 Madison and Lockwood
September 12 survivors walk in Garfield Park
Oct 2 Breast Cancer Awareness “ Feeding the Community “ Madison and Lockwood from 11am-1pm
Oct 13 and Oct 20 ”Breast Cancer Awareness Event Downtown at the Daley Plaza
Oct 28 “ delivering the token bags personally to patients who are currently receiving chemo or radiation
Oct 30 leukemia walk at soldier Field
Oct 31 Feeding the homeless
Nov 6-14-27 breast cancer awareness and feeding the community
Nov 7-14-21 and the 28th “ Sharing the warmth “ the the unfortunate
Nov 26 Feeding the community
Wecare2 Agency volunteers prepare to deliver meals as part of their outreach, which includes education about breast cancer treatment and prevention and support for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones in metropolitan Chicago. Photo courtesy of wecare2agency.com.
Thursday August 12, 2021 -- Rachel K. Hindery
As an entrepreneur and youth mentor, Kenya Johnson strengthened community bonds in Austin, one of Chicago, Illinois’s 77 community areas.
Her sister, Felicia Frazier, in turn strengthened her after Kenya was diagnosed with Stage 1 “triple-negative” breast cancer in December 2018.
When Kenya started chemotherapy, Felicia personalized a bag with toothpaste, tea, pain-relieving gel and more. “The bag says ‘cancer picked the wrong girl.’ It had glitter all over,” Kenya says. “Everything she had in that bag, I needed.”
From daily check-ins and home-made wigs to 3 a.m. trips to Kenya’s house when she experienced chemotherapy-related pain, Felicia was there. So were other people who cared about Kenya.
“When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger; better; wiser, then your thinking shifts from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I must do this.’”
— Kenya Johnson
“Every time she went [for chemotherapy infusions], they’d get her a big room because there were so many people there; family and friends,” Felicia says.
Even with insurance, “you still have to pay some portion for the medication,” Kenya says. When she started radiation treatments, the cost became prohibitively high.
“All our family came together,” Felicia says. “We did a big party and fundraiser.”
With her own cancer treatment complete, Kenya is empowering people who are where she was.
She encourages people to get screenings, such as mammograms, early. Kenya says she learned of her cancer diagnosis after her first mammogram. “If you ever get diagnosed with cancer, it’s not the end for you,” Kenya says. “Early detection can save a life.”
She educates people on possible side effects, and the importance of quality nutrition during treatment. “You have other people here, like me,” Kenya says. “I’ll answer the phone.”
Kenya founded the Wecare2 Agency in 2019 to further her outreach, and has been recognized by hospitals in Chicago and its suburbs for her care package donations every two weeks.
“Strength comes from struggle,” Kenya says. “When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger; better; wiser, then your thinking shifts from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I must do this.’”
As the Wecare2 Agency grows in supporters and funding, Kenya says she had a vision that will lessen the struggle for Austin and other Chicago neighbourhoods.
Austin is in a food desert. With lower household incomes, and having to travel more than a mile to access fresh food, residents find it harder to maintain daily health. During cancer treatments when nutrition takes on even greater importance, people living in food deserts have increased risk.
“We need to start with having more access to quality foods,” Kenya says. “That’s first and foremost.”
Felicia, who is studying culinary science, agrees with both the importance and the higher costs of some nutritious foods.
Two ideas include funding a voucher program for people to choose healthy foods during cancer treatment, and a food truck that would deliver freshly-prepared foods and meals to patients.
Kenya also envisions a physical location where people could recover from cancer treatments, and learn about options for financial support.
“I have to start something for the people going through treatment so they don’t have to worry about the financial burden,” Kenya says. “You need to be focused on getting stronger.”
In Chicago, food deserts are more concentrated in majority-Black neighbourhoods, including Austin. Certain types of cancers — including “triple negative” breast cancers that do not have estrogen, progesterone or HER2 receptors — are also more common in Black women.
Kenya and Felicia say that nutritional support, health and technology literacy and social support can all make a difference in increasing equity in cancer care and outcomes.
“It’s about surviving together; not living alone,” Kenya says.
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Rachel Hindery wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5; a semi-autobiographical tale of a swimmer who overcame her fear of the high dive.
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