(January 20, 2014 – Santa Rosa, CA) From guest appearances on
Good Morning America to the pages of
Cosmopolitan magazine and her own autobiographical book, Liberian refugee and international advocate for breast cancer awareness
Maimah Karmo has shared her story. On the evening of February 3, 2014, she'll bring her empowering account of transformation to Santa Rosa as a keynote speaker for the philanthropic women's group WHAM (Women's Health at Memorial Hospital) in a 5-7 p.m. reception at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club.
Karmo is the author of Fearless: Awakening to My Life's Purpose through Breast Cancer (Brown Books, October 2012), which tells how her family was forced to flee Liberia when she was 15, how she grew into a young professional pursuing the "American Dream," then how her world as a single mother of a toddler threatened to unravel when at age 32 she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Karmo, a cancer survivor who now lives in Virginia, founded the Tigerlily Foundation to educate, empower and advocate for young women affected by breast cancer. The idea was born after her second chemotherapy treatment, and reinforced when she appeared on Oprah. This milestone led Karmo to share her experiences more broadly to help women ages 40 and younger confront the unique challenges they face as cancer patients and survivors. (See a video of Karmo's TV appearance at:
"The morning my life changed, I made a vow to live as loudly as possible," Karmo recalls. "I would jump into the things that made me afraid; I would risk everything to feel, to live and to love. Most of all, I would be fully present in life and give of myself so that others may have the incredible joy I feel every day of my life."
L'Oreal Paris honored Karmo with a 2009 Woman of Worth award and the Congressional Black Caucus named her a Leadership in Advocacy awardee in 2011. She and the Tigerlily Foundation, for which she serves as CEO, have been profiled in numerous national print and broadcast media outlets including: O, the Oprah Magazine; Essence; Ladies Home Journal; Cosmopolitan; Seventeen; Good Housekeeping; Harper's Bazaar; Marie Claire; and Redbook. In addition to Oprah and Good Morning America, Karmo also has appeared on national TV news and/or talk shows on FOX, ABC, and CBS.
WHAM's 2014 kick-off event, sponsored by Hansel Auto Group and featuring Karmo, is free and open to the public with reservations. The evening includes wine and appetizers. Please RVSP by January 27, 2014, to
Katie.Kinzel@stjoe.org or call (707) 525-5384.
Reporters requesting an interview with Maimah Karmo may contact Kris Wilson at (707) 547-4687 or Kris.Wilson@stjoe.org.
About Women's Health at Memorial Hospital
Women's Health at Memorial (WHAM) is a group of women who care about women's health issues and believe in the power of collective philanthropy. Managed by the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation, WHAM invests pooled resources to increase awareness of women's health needs in our community and to support projects that benefit women's health. The group gathers for fun, informative, health-focused members' activities throughout the year. To learn more, contact SRMH Director of Development Kris Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, visit www.stjosephhealth.org.