Issue 13: The Supporter Issue with Bianca Muñiz
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:
As we embark on a new year, I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief at cW. To oversee the innovative ways in which the magazine will continue bringing hope and awareness to our warriors, thrivers and supporters in the new cancer community is a great honor.
On the topic of supporters, our winter issue is filled with people and organizations sharing their time, experience and hearts to further help those battling cancer. This issue also features an exciting new column highlighting Gen Z’s brushes with cancer exploring what the generation goes through when it comes to fighting cancer alongside growing up (p. 33).
Some of the inspiring organizations that we are focusing on this winter include Look Good Feel Better (p. 28), a free program providing renewed hope to cancer warriors by giving them the tools they need to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer, and Latinas Contra Cancer (p. 37), an organization addressing the health disparities between Latinx cancer communities and their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
But these wonderful organizations would not be here without the people who bring them into existence, who come from all different walks of life. Take, for example, Obi “Obisoulstar” Uwakwe’s photography exhibit highlighting five breast cancer survivors who bared their souls for the camera and for all of us. Uwakwe uses his photography to send a message about the power and beauty that is still there, even after cancer treatment (p. 30).
In fact, Liz Tuckwell’s latest column (p. 25) brings to the surface an excellent point for this issue: If given the opportunity, healing can serve as one of the greatest equalizers among us.
Cancer Wellness means so much to me, not only because it provides a platform that encourages hope, love and confidence through even the toughest of cancer journeys, but also because I have the BRCA gene, and I truly know what it means to be inspired by the many amazing cancer warriors that never take a single day for granted—even the coldest ones this season.