After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Joya Harris altered her life’s path with a single call.
As a single mom raising two kids on her own, she immediately thought about her children when she was diagnosed at 34. Although she was surrounded by family and received their support, there were times when she felt alone, like she was the sole bearer of her disease’s burden.
She didn’t know it then, but she changed the course of her recovery—and her future—when she called the American Cancer Society’s 1-800 number and was relieved when someone picked up on the other end. She got the information she needed from a compassionate and knowledgeable specialist to fight her disease head-on and cope with the stresses and fatigue of treatment.
Years after her diagnosis, her first interaction with the American Cancer Society would come full circle when Joya was hired as Director of Research Integration by the same organization who was there for her when she needed them most. In more ways than one, she can testify firsthand to the innovative research funded by the American Cancer Society.