A diagnosis of cancer is difficult for anyone. It can be hard on families as well.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry offers support for everyone involved in the fight.
On the day of 9/11, was the day the United States and the world were turned upside down, it was also the day Pastor Rhonda Holbert Santifer began her battle with cancer. Her diagnosis was an aggressive form of breast cancer. Throughout the following year, she endured two surgeries, ten rounds of chemotherapy, and twenty-five days of radiation. During the agony of that time, Pastor Rhonda was sustained by her faith in God, a caring family, a hospital posse and good friends (one of whom is now her husband).
To celebrate the completion of her treatment, she invited other cancer fighters she had befriended throughout the year, many of them still in treatment, to a thanksgiving pot-luck where they ate, danced, and played BidWisk (a card game). At the end of the evening, no one wanted to go home, so the group decided to meet on a monthly basis. As the meetings grew, a local church, where Pastor Rhonda had spoken about her experience with cancer, donated funds and volunteers to facilitate another larger potluck and “Celebrate Life”, Pastor Rhonda’s motto, became Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry, a community of cancer fighters, survivors and their supporters, working together to help others navigate the healing process.
Today Pastor Rhonda enjoys spending time with children teaching BizCamp for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) youth summer camp, as well as gospel music, spa days and giving hugs.
For 25 years Rhonda Santifer served as Director of Special Projects for the Los Angeles Urban League where she collaborated with business community leaders to form LA Collaborative. She also facilitated and lead business development learning, managing and implementation of new business opportunities in addition to facilitating educational workshops and programs. Ms. Santifer obtained a Masters of Ministry and was ordained as a Pastor of Christian Education in 2001. She launched Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry after her completing treatment for breast cancer.
Ms. Morris is currently the Program Director for Community Outreach for the UCLA School of Medicine, UCLA CTSI Community Engagement & Research Program and Co-Director of Intergenerational Initiatives, UCLA Division of Geriatrics & Internal Medicine oversees health initiatives for UCLA. In her professional work her goal is to aid in the establishment, strengthening and leveraging of linkages among families, health providers, schools and other community institutions to improve health outcomes. In her 30+ years as a health advocate and community leader, Ms. Morris has become an expert collaborator in the development of a holistic and innovative approach to tackling health barriers. Ms. Morris is unequivocally committed to the positive development of youth, families, and communities.
ROBERTO VARGAS, M.D.
(Associate Professor of Medicine, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Drew University, and Associate Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation.) Dr. Vargas has conducted research to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes, improve detection and treatment of kidney disease, and evaluate care for patients with diabetes. In addition to conducting policy analyses and health services research he is also engaged in community-partnered research projects to reduce disparities in cancer care and to address negative social determinants of health in South Los Angeles.
Crystal Mitchell is a business professional and the owner of Mitchell Business Solutions with a successful 20 year track record operating a profitable small business which specializes in accounting, bookkeeping, and business consulting solutions for small businesses and non-profit agencies. She is also the co-director of Recycling Black Dollars, a non-profit business that aids in the economic development of the African American community by encouraging support of Black businesses. As a small business coach and consultant, she provides entrepreneurs with access to the necessary tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their business’ development to ensure growth and success.
It takes a community to conquer cancer, and Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry partners with many organizations and programs to provide services. Celebrate Life is supported by your donations as well as grants given by the following organizations.
Patient Navigation and Wellness Center
Non-financial Community Collaborative Partners
Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center
Community Church Partners
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