CEO Of The Renacer Foundation Nationally Recognized At The Susan G. Komen NCTC Event
A luncheon event benefiting the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC) — Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars, and Survivors — today brought together 300 nationally-recognized breast oncology researchers, local breast cancer survivors and patients, corporate partners and private philanthropists.
This year, Xiomara Boyce, a Duke Cancer Institute patient navigator and two-time breast cancer survivor, was one of the honored awardees. She received the Spirit to Impact Award— “given to an individual that’s making an impact by supporting survivors and being a catalyst for change in breast cancer outcomes.”
Boyce has worked in community-based programs throughout Durham for the past 39 years. In addition to her work at Duke, Boyce is the founder and CEO of the Renacer Foundation, which is dedicated to the emotional, financial and educational support of Latino men and women at all phases of the cancer continuum.
Event emcee Debra Morgan, anchor at WRAL-TV, relayed the reasons for Boyce’s selection.
“Xiomara’s passion for the services she provides always shines through,” read Morgan. “She finds financial resources, lodging and transportation, and identifies and bridges cultural and linguistic barriers. These real world and day-to-day services are critically important to the patients and their families.”
Following the award ceremony, Boyce invited her daughter Xylina to join her in a videotaped interview with DCI. First diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago at the age of 41, she shared that Xylina, then six years old, “never left her side” when Boyce was in bed for five months, recovering from breast cancer treatment.
“Now I am fighting and working around the clock so that I can actually encourage and help young ladies like my daughter to be cancer free,” she said. “In a way, this award means so much to me because it’s my passion, it’s my love, and I actually take it in honor of everyone who has worked, and everyone who still continues to work, to help other people.”
Here’s the link to the official article: CEO of Renacer Awarded At Susan G. Komen NCTC Awards Banquet