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The Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation Ambassadors

Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation defines Ambassador as the champion supporter of the foundation.  One who navigates them through their journey of survivorship.  One who provides a warm, friendly, and smooth transition into the sisterhood (men included).  The ambassador opens their wings and encapsulates the survivor by dedicating time and aiding in the success of having a peace of mind.  

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Brenda Higgins


2-time breast cancer survivor

My role in the Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation is to help prepare newly diagnosed women for their journey ahead.  I visit with them at their home after they have completed surgery.  I assist with answering questions and navigating them to the next phase of their journey.  I help with making future doctor appointments and bringing gift baskets.  

  • Diagnosed with DCIS in 2004; Left breast Lumpectomy; 34 rounds of radiation 

  • Recurrence in 2018 with DCIS; Right breast Lumpectomy and 20 rounds of radiation 

Elizabeth Rivera


Cancer Survivor

My role in the Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation is to be an example, an educator and a role model.  I convey the message to newly diagnosed women that “We do not look like what we have gone through”.  I help bring out their SHERO and help them focus on new goals and this new normal

  • Diagnosed with Inflammatory breast Cancer in 2011; Double mastectomy; 30 rounds of chemo; 20 rounds of radiation

Gail Briggs


Cancer Survivor

My role in the Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation is to be the eyes and ears behind the scenes by bridging the gap between patient and physician. I assist with helping newly diagnosed women understand what is about to occur with their bodies (the metamorphosis) and assist them with questions they need to ask their surgeon. 

  • Diagnosed with Estrogen Positive DCIS in 2008; right breast Lumpectomy; 30 rounds Radiation 

Ingrid Sanders


Dual Cancer Survivor

My role in the Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation is to be a Game Changer and help women become more knowledgeable about this disease.  Often upon diagnosis, they are not aware that it could be hereditary.  I focus on helping newly diagnose women understand their DNA; I encourage them to do health talks with their families to learn if this is in their DNA and how to help the next generation in their family get prepared for the “what if”.

  • Diagnosed with T1 Cell Lymphoma in 2016: Ultraviolet Light therapy 3x week for 2 months

  • Diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Breast Cancer in 2016 – 30 rounds radiation: 8 rounds chemo 

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