Heroes

DearMammaHeroes are women and men who are involved in the prevention of breast cancer in one way or another: By telling their own story, through their profession, their personal commitment or by supporting another person in fighting or preventing the disease. We think they are heroes that deserve to be celebrated.

CHRISTIANE, Burkina Faso

Sadly, not every breast cancer story has a happy ending: Christiane passed away a few months after the recording of this video.

However, her optimism and will to fight keeps inspiring us. And her story motivates us to engage even more for early breast cancer detection: Because the chances of cure are much higher if problems are detected and treated early enough.

You are missed and will always be fondly remembered, dear Christiane.

MARTIN, Burkina Faso

Unfortunately, his wife Christiane lost the fight against breast cancer a few months after recording this video. But Martin supported his wife until she passed away.

Dear Martin, your love, strength and devotion inspires us.

SHEIKH OMAR AL-KISWANI, Jerusalem

He is the director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and encourages companions of cancer patients to stand by them and not leave them. In addition, he emphasizes that the diagnosis of cancer is not a reason for shame, but a protection which allows treatment.

Thank you for supporting our breast cancer awareness campaign.

NAZMIA from Palestine

She has five children and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In this video she talks about her way of dealing with the disease.

Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your story.

Prof. DAN HERSCHKO, Israel

As oncologist and head of surgery at the Emek Medical Centre in Afula (Israel), he emphasizes that breast cancer - if detected early - can in many cases be treated without having to remove a breast.

Thank you so much for the important work you do. Prof. Herschko.

DR. NAYI ZONGO, Burkina Faso

Dr. Nayi Zongo is a cancer surgeon and senologist at Yalgado Quédraogo University Hospital as well as professor and cancer researcher at Joseph Ki-ZERBO University in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is one of the key figures in our project in Burkina Faso encouraging women to do self checks on a regular basis. He teaches women how to use the DearMamma app in health schools, during his consultations, in churches, in the neighborhood and in university lecture halls at the end of his lessons.

We are so grateful for your incredible commitment to increase breast cancer awareness in your country. Thank you so much for the important work you do.

FANNY, Israel

In memory of FANNY from Israel.

Unfortunately, she lost the fight against breast cancer some time after recording this interview. One of her three children, her daugther Inbal, was also diagnosed with breast cancer. They went through many of the treatments side by side.

We will always keep you in our memories as the strong and loving woman you were, dear Fanny.

RABBI NOAM HERTIG, Zurich

He's the Chief Rabbi of «Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich» in Switzerland and encourages women to check themselves regularly to detect signs of breast cancer as early as possible.

Support of religious leaders is important in the fight for a better awareness of breast cancer. Therefore thank you for supporting our breast cancer awareness campaign.

DVORA, Israel

She has three children and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In this video, she talks about her experience and about her hopes for the future.

Thank you for sharing your story and for being a role-model for so many women.

SEBASTIEN from Burkina Faso

His wife Marguerite was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. In this video Sébastien talks about what this meant for him and how they dealt with the disease together.

THANK YOU for telling your story and supporting your wife.

INBAL from Israel

Inbal has two children and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Her mother - who unfortunately passed away by now - had breast cancer too. Inbal talks about how they faced the illness together.

THANK YOU for sharing the story of you and your mother.

Baronin Gabriele von der Borch (German)

Baronin Gabriele von der Borch hatte vor 30 Jahren selbst Brustkrebs, wurde rechtzeitig operiert und ist heute geheilt. Die tragische Realität: Bei ihrer eigenen Tochter Margarete von der Borch wurde der Brustkrebs zu spät erkannt. Sie verstarb im Frühjahr 2019 im Alter von nur 53 Jahren.

Herzlichen Dank, verehrte Frau Baronin, dass Sie ihre Geschichte so mutig erzählen.

Breast cancer survivor ORIT

She lives in Israel, has three kids and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. In this clip, she is sharing her experience.

THANK YOU for sharing your story, Orit.

Prof. Doron Kopelman, Israel

Oncologist Prof. Doron Kopelman works as head of surgery at the Emek Medical Centre in Afula (Israel) and is confronted with breast cancer on a daily basis. According to Kopelman, it is critical that women take on responsibility for their health by regularly and systematically checking themselves for early signs of breast cancer.

THANK YOU for the important work you do.

Rasmata Sana, Burkina Faso

She is a nurse in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) teaching women how to examine themselves for signs of breast cancer.

THANK YOU very much for your important work Rasmata!

NIVEEN (from Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine)

Entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor NIVEEN is a mother of five who set up a (now thriving) catering-business to get her mind off her illness.

Her advice to other women with breast cancer?

Dr. Orna Blondheim, Israel

She is the former CEO of the EMEK Medical Center in Afula in Northern Israel. In an area with a very diverse ethnic and religious composition, the hospital tries to improve understanding between cultures and religions and acts as a peace mediator. It also has a strong team of oncologists with extensive experience in breast cancer detection and treatment.

Breast cancer survivor HANA

She lives in Israel, has a child and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. In this clip, she's talking about her experience.

THANK YOU for sharing your story, Hana.

MARGUERITE, Burkina Faso

She lives in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She has four children and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. In this video she talks about her feelings after the diagnosis.

THANK YOU for the enormous gift of sharing your story, Marguerite.