The Leanne Pero Foundation and Black Women Rising was founded in 2017 by multi award winning entrepreneur and Stage Three breast cancer survivor Leanne Pero.
Black Women Rising was created to address the gaps in cancer support services for Black cancer patients. Mainstream cancer services are not inclusive enough and do not provide adequate support tailored to the Black and ethnic community. Similarly, the community are not engaging with medical services which is leading to later diagnosis and unnecessary deaths at a disproportionate level than women in other groups.
Our monthly peer support groups are at the heart of our project. We also created the first all-Black female cancer portrait exhibition which has toured London. We recently launched our podcast and magazine.
All of this helps to fulfil our aims, which are to empower, raise awareness, promote wellness within our community and ultimately save lives.