Fearless: Awakening to My Life's Purpose Through Breast Cancer

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A breast cancer diagnosis at age thirty-two left Maimah Karmo's world shattered. She was the survivor of civil unrest in Liberia, a college-educated corporate professional, and a dedicated mother to her young daughter--breast cancer was not part of the plan. How could this happen? With the help of family and friends, Maimah uncovered her own strength, rediscovered her faith in God, and navigated a completely foreign medical world. Through this struggle to reclaim her body and her soul, she learned what was truly important in life--and she didn't stop there. During recovery, Maimah took a leap of faith and founded the Tigerlily Foundation, an organization that supports young women before, during, and after breast cancer. She had lived through her own journey; now she wanted to help others do the same. This inspiring account covers Maimah's journey through an exceptional childhood to her experience with cancer that would change her life forever. It is not only a story of love and determination, but also of what can happen when you are given a second chance at life. Fearless illustrates that even when a situation appears to be impossible, true faith--in yourself, in God, and in those you love--will lead you toward the life you always wanted, the life you have a reason to fight for.

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Maimah Karmo is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Tigerlily Foundation and a six-year survivor of breast cancer. Maimah is a dedicated breast cancer awareness advocate. She has received several awards and honors for her dedication to helping others. In 2009, she was awarded L'Oreal Paris's Woman of Worth Award. In 2010, she received the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award. In 2011, she received Running Starts' ''Women to Watch Award'' for her work with young women and breast cancer, and Kids II gave her a Pink Power Mom Award for her philanthropic efforts. In October 2011, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she works to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, particularly among women under the age of forty and those at heightened risk for developing the disease. In 2012, she was awarded the Intercultural Cancer Council's Dorothy Height HOPE (Helping Other People Endure) Award for her contributions to breast cancer. On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. She had no family history of breast cancer and was only thirty-two years old. While undergoing chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived: she would create an organization that would educate, empower, advocate, and support young women affected by breast cancer. After her second round of treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born. Since starting Tigerlily, Maimah has dedicated her life to helping young women around the world. She is a published author and a speaker. She has appeared in various media outlets.

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