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Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBC Foundation) is to raise awareness of triple negative breast cancer and to support scientists and researchers in their effort to determine the definitive causes of triple negative breast cancer, so that effective detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment can be pursued and achieved.

TNBC Foundation was started by a group of young women in Bergen County, NJ who have been personally affected by triple negative breast cancer when their mutual friend Nancy Block-Zenna was diagnosed with TNBC at the age of 35. Unfamiliar with this type of breast cancer, Nancy sought answers, but found little information available to herself or to others with this often fatal disease. After 2 1/2 years of treatments, Nancy lost her fight in August of 2007. It was the hope of Nancy Block-Zenna, the Honorary Founder of the TNBC Foundation, that the organization help find a cure so that others would not suffer like she did.

Malaak Compton-Rock was asked to become involved in order to assist the newly-formed foundation raise significant funds and awareness to make Nancy's dream a reality. To this end, in June 2007, the foundation held its inaugural "Peace, Love and a Cure" event at her home. The event drew over 240 people and raised $230,000. For more details and photos of the event, please visit www.tnbcfoundation.org.

The TNBC Foundation's Board soon continued this mission by sponsoring the first ever TNBC Symposium in San Antonio, TX on December 11, 2007 in partnership with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. The symposium drew 35 prestigious scientists and doctors from around the world who presented on the current state of research in the area of triple negative breast cancer and conducted discussions in an effort to develop a scientific agenda for finding effective treatment alternatives for the disease. The symposium was a great success and the TNBC Foundation looks forward to making it an annual event. Moreover, Malaak Compton-Rock successfully pitched the symposium to Essence Magazine and the organization was very happy that Lynya Floyd, the Health and Relationships Editor, attended the symposium and an article will soon appear in the magazine. Please click here for a press release on the symposium.

Recently, Malaak Compton-Rock, along with her fellow event committee members, successfully planned and executed the first annual "Peace, Love and a Cure Tea and Talk for Awareness" shopping event on February 6, 2008 at Saks Fifth Avenue Riverside Square. The Q&A portion of the event was moderated by WABC-TV anchor Lori Stokes, who provided a wonderful platform for our guests to ask questions and learn more about the disease. Please click here to view Lori Stokes talking about the event on WABC-TV Morning News.

Due to this extremely aggressive sub-type of breast cancer and its prevalence among young women and young African-American women, Malaak Compton-Rock will remain actively involved with this cause. She will provide ongoing services to the TNBC Foundation and to its partner organization, The Triple Pink Foundation, primarily through media relations and event and cause-related marketing consultation.

Malaak was recently featured on Good Morning America to discuss her projects with an emphasis on the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Watch the video here. Read a great blog article about the segment here.

The second annual "Peace, Love and a Cure" event was held on June 12, 2008. The event was very successful in raising funds and awareness and paying tribute to our advisory board member and leading oncologist, Dr. Eric P. Winer. To view pictures from the event, please click here.

Triple Negative in the News:
Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Advocates Put Triple Negative Breast Cancer to the Test



The TNBC Foundation Video

Malaak and Nancy Block Zenna
TNBC Foundation's honorary founder Nancy Block-Zenna with Malaak Compton-Rock at the First Annual TNBC Peace, Love and a Cure Fundraiser
(Photo credit: Julie Skarratt)

Peace, Love and a Cure Tea and Talk for Awareness
Malaak Compton-Rock, Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer, Lori Stokes of WABC-TV and Karen Neely at the First Annual TNBC Tea and Talk for Awareness Event at Saks Fifth Avenue
(Photo credit: Linda Sheeler)

Malaak Compton-Rock and Event Host Melissa Silver
Malaak Compton-Rock and Event Host Melissa Silver at the Second Annual TNBC Peace, Love and a Cure Fundraiser
(Photo credit: Linda Sheeler)


Young Kids Hold Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for The TNBC Foundation

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