January 16, 2024

Candice Coleman: A Tale of Strength, Advocacy, and Unveiling Disparities

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In December of 2022, Candice Coleman embarked on a journey of self-discovery that would profoundly alter the course of her life. While inherently in tune with her body, she was startled to discover a pea-sized lump in her right breast, an unprecedented revelation that prompted a cascade of emotions. Initially, Candice attributed the lump to hormonal fluctuations, only to realize that her menstrual cycle, expected that week, had taken an unexpected turn. It was this pivotal moment that marked the beginning of her unique and inspiring story. 

Candice’s recent conversation with us illuminated her resilience and unwavering openness about her experiences. She graciously shared her personal journey, emphasizing the vital importance of advocacy and self-awareness in the face of life-altering challenges. Despite the hurdles, Candice’s strength shines through, making her not only a survivor but a potent advocate for others grappling with similar circumstances. 

Candice passionately emphasizes the pivotal role of clinical trials in cancer treatment. Her journey took an inspiring turn when she encountered an individual who not only shared similar health struggles but had also undergone a clinical trial tailored for a triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis—mirroring Candice’s own experience. The serendipitous connection with a young Black women provided Candice with a unique opportunity to establish a profound and personal bond. Grateful for the chance to express her appreciation, Candice conveyed that her effective treatment plan owed its success to the groundbreaking clinical trial undertaken by her newfound acquaintance. This encounter underscored the significance of representation and inclusivity in medical research, offering a poignant testament to the impact of shared experiences within the broader context of healthcare advancements. 

The glaring absence of clinical trial opportunities for Black women with breast cancer underscores a critical disparity in healthcare. This omission denies these women the chance to access cutting-edge treatments, hindering progress in understanding how breast cancer manifests across diverse populations. 

As Candice aligns her journey with Bexa Equity Alliance, her narrative unfolds as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Her commitment to advocacy and self-empowerment stands as a testament to the transformative power of sharing one’s story. However, amid these inspiring tales, a stark reality persists — clinical trials, critical for advancing breast cancer treatments, often neglect Black women. 

Candice’s story sheds light not only on her personal triumphs but also on the urgent need for inclusivity in clinical trials. By addressing these disparities, we can pave the way for a future where all women, regardless of ethnicity, have equitable access to the latest advancements in breast cancer research and treatment.

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What Women Say About the BEA

“This type of examination should be used worldwide. Bring in the Bexa exam to all women!”

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“The exam was/is stress free. The examiner made me feel very comfortable. She took her time with me told me about every step-in advance, and before performing each step asked if I were OK and ready. I am thankful for the kindness it made this breast exam very easy/comfortable. I recommend all men be examined we are not immune; and early detection can save your life!”

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“I would like to thank the intake person from the bottom of my heart.  She was extremely kind, understanding, and thoughtful towards my situation.  She is an asset and the perfect face for this business.  Thank you for easing my fears.”

Jane D.

“This process was comforting from the time of arrival until the time I filled out the survey. Tiara greeted offered a gracious greeting and was extremely helpful with navigating the check-in process. Jerri, the examiner took time explain the process and addressed all of my questions. She was friendly and professional. It is my hope that this breast examine process will be widely available in doctor’s offices throughout the country. We need this vital service! And Black women will certainly benefit from this exam because of the nature of dense breast. Thank you for making this service available! Lastly, I am grateful to Touch for sponsoring Bexa Equity Alliance to perform this vital service for our community.”

Jane D.

“I absolutely loved this process.  More women would get regular screening if this was offered.”

Jane D.

“This was great, and Jerri was so kind! I feel seen and heard. I explained that I am 29 years old, have lost both of my biological grandmothers to breast cancer and have never gotten a mammogram. These ladies were so welcoming, kind, and helpful.”

“The exam was thorough, and the team made me feel extremely comfortable.”

“It was awesome experiencing this new technology for the first time. It was pain free. There was no squeezing, bearing down or pressure. It was very relaxing, like having a massage.”

“I felt a sense of peace with a new sense of support that would ordinarily be a very painful and stressful experience.”

“Thank you for providing a non-anxious breast exam. The music, the warm table and the summary of the examiner were expressions of compassion.”

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We're thrilled to share Erin Journigan Bexa’s VP of Client Operations and BEA Advisor!

In her role, Erin guides Bexa’s work with companies, schools, and municipalities, empowering them to provide life-saving Bexa Breast Exams to their employees. 

Prior to joining Bexa, Erin served as Director of Membership for National Charity League, Inc. where she directed and implemented growth and retention strategies that resulted in the formation of 138 affiliated nonprofit chapters and expansion into 16 states. Erin’s strategic thinking, analytical approach, leadership, and positive energy helped these nonprofit corporations get off the ground and thrive. 

Erin earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and holds an MBA from Concordia University Irvine.  As an Advisor to the BEA, Erin leverages her business development expertise and deep experience in the nonprofit sector to help advance the organization’s strategies and work. She also serves as a liaison between Bexa’s Clients and the BEA – working to encourage Bexa’s growing community of employers and their employees to also support our mission.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.

We`re thrilled to share Erin Journigan Bexa’s VP of Client Operations and BEA Advisor!

In her role, Erin guides Bexa’s work with companies, schools, and municipalities, empowering them to provide life-saving Bexa Breast Exams to their employees.

Prior to joining Bexa, Erin served as Director of Membership for National Charity League, Inc. where she directed and implemented growth and retention strategies that resulted in the formation of 138 affiliated nonprofit chapters and expansion into 16 states. Erin’s strategic thinking, analytical approach, leadership, and positive energy helped these nonprofit corporations get off the ground and thrive.

Erin earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and holds an MBA from Concordia University Irvine. As an Advisor to the BEA, Erin leverages her business development expertise and deep experience in the nonprofit sector to help advance the organization’s strategies and work. She also serves as a liaison between Bexa’s Clients and the BEA – working to encourage Bexa’s growing community of employers and their employees to also support our mission.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.
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We're excited to spotlight Hayley Brown, our amazing BEA Advisor!

As the daughter of a survivor and caregiver, Hayley has transformed her experience as a successful primary urban school educator to a breast cancer advocate. Hayley has been highly proficient at intentional instructional design, development of strategic, data-driven, technology-based learning experiences, while maintaining healthy communities within and around her classroom. 

Her strengths in managing difficult learning styles with passion, patience, commitment, and excellence translate well in breast cancer program and partnership development and management. Hayley holds a B.A. Degree in Philosophy and Mandarin, and a Masters in Education from Relay Graduate School in Washington, DC. She is also a graduate of the College of Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing, China.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.

We`re excited to spotlight Hayley Brown, our amazing BEA Advisor!

As the daughter of a survivor and caregiver, Hayley has transformed her experience as a successful primary urban school educator to a breast cancer advocate. Hayley has been highly proficient at intentional instructional design, development of strategic, data-driven, technology-based learning experiences, while maintaining healthy communities within and around her classroom.

Her strengths in managing difficult learning styles with passion, patience, commitment, and excellence translate well in breast cancer program and partnership development and management. Hayley holds a B.A. Degree in Philosophy and Mandarin, and a Masters in Education from Relay Graduate School in Washington, DC. She is also a graduate of the College of Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing, China.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.
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Did you know that African American women need to start early detection at age 35 but they have no realistically available option? 

"It's true. The majority live without the benefit of early detection of breast cancer," says Dr. Monique Gary, Bexa's Chief Medical Officer and the BEA's Co-Chair of the Board. 

Bexa exists to save lives and protect women. Our mission is to provide an accurate breast examination that is available to women of every age and every color. Everywhere. The Bexa process is designed for you - Painless. No radiation. No intimidation. Accurate. Immediate results. 

The qualities you told us would help you choose to gain peace of mind.  Learn more about our life-saving mission in leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.

Did you know that African American women need to start early detection at age 35 but they have no realistically available option?

"It`s true. The majority live without the benefit of early detection of breast cancer," says Dr. Monique Gary, Bexa`s Chief Medical Officer and the BEA`s Co-Chair of the Board.

Bexa exists to save lives and protect women. Our mission is to provide an accurate breast examination that is available to women of every age and every color. Everywhere. The Bexa process is designed for you - Painless. No radiation. No intimidation. Accurate. Immediate results.

The qualities you told us would help you choose to gain peace of mind. Learn more about our life-saving mission in leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.
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We're delighted to share our remarkable Board Member, Kathlyn Adams Seay who is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of experience providing high-level scientific, data analytics and cyber consulting. 

Kathlyn built her brand in the successful management of game changing technology projects for clients with mission critical and national security responsibilities. She co-founded and was President, CEO and CFO for a successful national security focused technology company which she sold in 2016. Kathlyn has dedicated much of her time, resources and knowledge to local, national and international community programs, with special attention given to those that touch on youth, minority, and women empowerment. 

Kathlyn is currently the President/CEO of Dovestech, LLC a firm focused on Cyber Security initiatives & compliance and the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore CARES Circle of the National CARES Mentoring Movement also known as the GBC Academy. She also serves as the 1st Vice President of the International Black Women Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) and is an active member of the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter of the Links Incorporated. She is devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people and women through mentoring and philanthropy efforts.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.

We`re delighted to share our remarkable Board Member, Kathlyn Adams Seay who is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of experience providing high-level scientific, data analytics and cyber consulting.

Kathlyn built her brand in the successful management of game changing technology projects for clients with mission critical and national security responsibilities. She co-founded and was President, CEO and CFO for a successful national security focused technology company which she sold in 2016. Kathlyn has dedicated much of her time, resources and knowledge to local, national and international community programs, with special attention given to those that touch on youth, minority, and women empowerment.

Kathlyn is currently the President/CEO of Dovestech, LLC a firm focused on Cyber Security initiatives & compliance and the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore CARES Circle of the National CARES Mentoring Movement also known as the GBC Academy. She also serves as the 1st Vice President of the International Black Women Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) and is an active member of the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter of the Links Incorporated. She is devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people and women through mentoring and philanthropy efforts.

Learn more about the BEA and our mission to leaving no woman behind at the link in our bio.
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In this exclusive series, Dr. Monique Gary, our esteemed Bexa Medical Advisor and Co-Chair of the Bexa Equity Alliance Board, takes you on an insightful journey into the world of Bexa.

In each episode, Dr. Mo delves deep into Bexa, the revolutionary breast exam process that’s set to redefine the way women experience care. Whether you’re curious about the technology powering Bexa, or simply interested in optimizing your own health, “A Moment With Dr. Mo” promises to be an enlightening and engaging experience.

Subscribe to our channel and submit questions for Dr. Gary to address in future episodes of “A Moment With Dr. Mo”. Join our mission to leave no woman behind at the link in our bio.

In this exclusive series, Dr. Monique Gary, our esteemed Bexa Medical Advisor and Co-Chair of the Bexa Equity Alliance Board, takes you on an insightful journey into the world of Bexa.

In each episode, Dr. Mo delves deep into Bexa, the revolutionary breast exam process that’s set to redefine the way women experience care. Whether you’re curious about the technology powering Bexa, or simply interested in optimizing your own health, “A Moment With Dr. Mo” promises to be an enlightening and engaging experience.

Subscribe to our channel and submit questions for Dr. Gary to address in future episodes of “A Moment With Dr. Mo”. Join our mission to leave no woman behind at the link in our bio.
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We’re pleased to spotlight one of our incredible Advisors, Reverend Tawana Davis, Ph.D. 

Tawana is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Soul 2 Soul Sisters: Love-Based Revolution, a Black Woman-centered, racial justice non-profit organization that centers Black lives and experiences. Established in 2015, Soul 2 Soul Sisters is leading and facilitating anti-racism work across the country through its signature program Facing Racism. She is also the curator for Dr. TAD Enterprises; a racial-justice organization that uses Womanism as an ontology, epistemology, racial justice approach that centers Black women, to address anti-Black racism, disparities in breast cancer and Black women, and domestic violence advocacy. 

Tawana is also an equity, anti-racism trainer for the Center for Equity and Excellence. 
After attending St. John’s University, Tawana completed her last year of studies at State University of New York Empire State with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. She earned a certificate in Project Management from New York University and Human Resources (PHR) from Cornell University. Later, she received a Master of Divinity at Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Change and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership ad Change at Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change. 

She is a Womanist, thought provoker, speaker, preacher, and community leader. Tawana is a breast cancer survivor and is in active treatment for metastatic breast cancer. She is an advocate and activist for racial justice, breast cancer awareness, and a certified domestic violence advocate. 

Tawana serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Racial Equity and Excellence and serves on the Patient Co-Creation Council for Genentech, Inc. and is newly appointed as an advisor to the Bexa Equity Alliance (BEA) as a survivor and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Tawana is a proud mother of master level two educators, a grandmother, and most of all a Justice activist for all!

We’re pleased to spotlight one of our incredible Advisors, Reverend Tawana Davis, Ph.D.

Tawana is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Soul 2 Soul Sisters: Love-Based Revolution, a Black Woman-centered, racial justice non-profit organization that centers Black lives and experiences. Established in 2015, Soul 2 Soul Sisters is leading and facilitating anti-racism work across the country through its signature program Facing Racism. She is also the curator for Dr. TAD Enterprises; a racial-justice organization that uses Womanism as an ontology, epistemology, racial justice approach that centers Black women, to address anti-Black racism, disparities in breast cancer and Black women, and domestic violence advocacy.

Tawana is also an equity, anti-racism trainer for the Center for Equity and Excellence.
After attending St. John’s University, Tawana completed her last year of studies at State University of New York Empire State with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. She earned a certificate in Project Management from New York University and Human Resources (PHR) from Cornell University. Later, she received a Master of Divinity at Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Change and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership ad Change at Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change.

She is a Womanist, thought provoker, speaker, preacher, and community leader. Tawana is a breast cancer survivor and is in active treatment for metastatic breast cancer. She is an advocate and activist for racial justice, breast cancer awareness, and a certified domestic violence advocate.

Tawana serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Racial Equity and Excellence and serves on the Patient Co-Creation Council for Genentech, Inc. and is newly appointed as an advisor to the Bexa Equity Alliance (BEA) as a survivor and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Tawana is a proud mother of master level two educators, a grandmother, and most of all a Justice activist for all!
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We are thrilled to partner with Touch4Life™ to provide attendees of the 93rd North Atlantic Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® with FREE Bexa Breast Exams this Friday and Saturday!

Tiara, the BEA’s Executive Director, is especially excited about this opportunity since she’s able to provide her sorority sisters with early detection breast exams with Bexa.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha North Atlantic Regional Conference 2024 is a dynamic gathering celebrating sisterhood, leadership, and community impact. Join us for insightful discussions, empowering workshops, and memorable moments as we come together to advance our shared goals and foster positive change.

We are thrilled to partner with Touch4Life™ to provide attendees of the 93rd North Atlantic Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® with FREE Bexa Breast Exams this Friday and Saturday!

Tiara, the BEA’s Executive Director, is especially excited about this opportunity since she’s able to provide her sorority sisters with early detection breast exams with Bexa.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha North Atlantic Regional Conference 2024 is a dynamic gathering celebrating sisterhood, leadership, and community impact. Join us for insightful discussions, empowering workshops, and memorable moments as we come together to advance our shared goals and foster positive change.
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