Black Family Cancer Awareness Week: Howard University Hosts 'More Than Conquerers: Stories of Survival'


WASHINGTON – The Howard University Cancer Center closes out National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week (June 16-22) and Cancer Survivors Month in June with “More Than Conquerors: Stories of Survivorship, Hope and Courage.”

National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week is an initiative of the Food and Drug Administration Oncology Center of Excellence. The goal is to marshal community-based stakeholders to build knowledge surrounding cancer clinical trial participation and minority population specimen donations to national genomic databases for cancer research.

On Wednesday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m., the Cancer Center will host “More Than Conquerors.” This storytelling event will feature cancer survivors at various stages in their cancer journeys. Their stories will bear witness to surviving, thriving, conquering and more. 

To register for the event, visit the registration site.

“We are excited to culminate this year’s partnership with the Oncology Center of Excellence with an event that brings focus to the ultimate goal of our work and our ongoing mission to conquer cancer,” said Dr. Carla Williams, interim director of the Cancer Center.

The Howard University Cancer Center will host a series of events this year to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Howard University Cancer Center and Howard University Hospital have long spearheaded programs to secure equitable access to the continuum of care. The Cancer Center’s programs include reducing risks, increasing access to state-of-the-art screening and treatment, and supporting quality of life through and beyond cancer treatment.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

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