THE ROBIN CONYERS BRAXTON WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE
Robin B. Conyers Braxton was a beautiful, warm and successful business woman as Vice President
for Kraft Food. Robin died from Breast Cancer on December 5, 2009. Prior
to her death, Robin expressed the desire to provide health services to women in disadvantaged
communities. In 2010, in honor of the memory of Robin, The Stone Foundation established the Robin
B. Conyers Braxton Women Health Initiative to carry out her wishes.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one in eight women who live to be age 80 will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This makes the disease the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, after skin cancer. NCI estimates that 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2012. One in four cancers diagnosed in the United States is breast cancer, yet women are not the only ones receiving the diagnosis. Although the incidence of breast cancer is much less common among men, approximately 1,700 American men learn they have breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is one of the most highly publicized cancers in the media today. Local and national breast cancer awareness events are reminders of its prevalence. Many of us know someone who previously had or is currently battling breast cancer. Fortunately, advancements in breast cancer research provide new treatment options and technologies for those battling the disease.
In 2010, The Stone Foundation first provided free mammograms to over thirty deserving women on the South Coast of Jamaica. In 2011, over sixty women received free mammograms, pap smears, blood pressure checks, and blood sugar screenings. We have continued this effort every year since then, providing health screenings to hundreds of women. Thus far, our efforts have resulted in the detection of tumors in five women, with only one mastectomy. Early detection is the key, early detection save lives, and we are so happy that you are helping to make it happen. Thank you for supporting The Stone Foundation and the Robin B. Conyers-Braxton Women Health Initiative. Let's save lives together!
"Robin Conyers-Braxton, a Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Survivor, lost her battle to breast cancer, but her strength and impact motivates us to keep fighting everyday to find the cure. She was bright, articulate, successful and seemed to have beaten breast cancer, only to have it insidiously come back with a vengeance. As a fellow survivor, I was struck by her courage, hope, grace and sense of humor in the face of her disease. She was an inspiration to me, and will continue to inspire me to do everything that I can to help find a cure. The Komen family has lost a friend and influential voice."
- Linda Borton, Susan G. Komen Race Chair