UNMC's Jackie Hill receives national breast cancer award

by Jo Giles, UNMC public relations | October 12, 2009

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"Women Who Get It Right Award" recipients Jackie Hill, right, and Linda Croucher, left, are congratulated by former President Bill Clinton. Hill -- a UNMC community nurse coordinator -- received the award for founding the "My Sister's Keeper" support group for breast cancer survivors.
Jackie Hill, community nurse coordinator in UNMC's Center for Reducing Health Disparities in the College of Public Health, received the "Women Who Get It Right Award" from the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

At a New York gala, she was recognized for her professional and volunteer work to eradicate breast cancer. Hill was among several recipients including actress Brooke Shields.

In 2001, a year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Hill co-founded the "My Sister's Keeper" breast cancer survivor support group, which provides education and advocacy to women in north Omaha.

"When I was first diagnosed, I didn't know anyone with breast cancer," she said. "Eventually, I met other survivors and realized how important it is to connect with other women who have survived breast cancer.

On the Web

Jackie Hill is a featured advocate on the National Breast Cancer Coalition Web site.

"So, I wanted to speak up and provide support and encouragement to others."

My Sister's Keeper became an extension of her outreach community work at UNMC.

"When you're facing cancer, it is critical to have advocates to give you information about treatment options, help you navigate the health care system and let you know you can get through it all, that there can be life after breast cancer," Hill said.

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Ms. Linda Briggs
October 20, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Congradulations Jackie! As a survior myself, you and the survivors that I have met from My Sister's Keeper along with the many informantive dinners and meetings, have inspired me not only to fight but to stand as an advocate and supporter of other women who may have to deal with Breast cancer. As I continue to work in my church and the community to spread the word "that there is life after breast cancer," I applaud you as you strongly press forward in educating women that there is help for them. My Sister's Keeper has a wealth of information through professionals, support and encourgement that will help you fight this breast cancer. May God continue to bless and keep you in His care.

Sheritta A. Strong, MD
October 12, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Congratulations to Ms. Hill on all of your great efforts! I look forward to working with you in the future.