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#LOVEBeyondAwareness Ambassador


Marissa Thomas is a four-year breast cancer survivor from Tacoma, WA. Diagnosed in November 2015, just shy of her 36th birthday, with stage II high-grade invasive ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS), she realized her life would be forever changed. Her treatment consisted of Lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, and two breast reconstruction surgeries. While in treatment, she turned to social media as a way to connect with other women and find stories similar to hers in hopes of making the journey easier.

Being a private person, it was hard for Marissa to face the realities and harshness of breast cancer. At the urging of a close friend and fellow breast cancer survivor, Marissa finally opened up publicly showing not only the beauty but the rawness that comes with breast cancer. Currently, Marissa’s passion fuels her desire to help anyone who has to fight this horrible disease and help them realize that they can continue living their best lives, regardless of the circumstance. She is the CoFounder of “For the Breast of Us”, the first online community for women of color affected by breast cancer. FTBOU helps inspire, educate, and connect women by sharing stories, hosting virtual podcasts, and engaging the community through advocacy. During her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her son Siaire, family/friends, wine tasting, and traveling.




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We combat the disparities that exist in research by challenging the scientific community to launch studies that are as inclusive and diverse as the people that breast cancer affects.

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