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I Will Survive Inc.

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Health Support, Public Health

Mission: To provide prevention education, economic support, and health & wellness services to those at higher risk and affected with breast cancer.

Results: WE WORK TIRELESSLY TO MAKE AN IMPACT $2,034,780 REVENUE TO SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS SINCE 2010 25,000+ HOURS DONATED BY VOLUNTEERS TO OUR CAUSE $655,128 385 VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS DONATED HOURS VALUE $225,561 FOOD DONATED TO FAMILIES IMPACTED BY BREAST CANCER 223,590 INDIVIDUALS REACHED GLOBALLY $760,017 RENTAL ASSISTANCE, UTILITY BILLS, AND TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PAID FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY BREAST CANCER 100% SUCCESS RATE OF 0 FAMILIES EVICTED OUT OF THEIR HOMES

Target demographics: provide prevention education, economic support, and health & wellness services to those at higher risk and affected with breast cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: countless individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors and their families.

Geographic areas served: metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia

Programs: Prevention Education Economic Support Health and Wellness Services

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 patricewilliams

Board Member

Rating: 5

I Will Survive, Inc. (IWS) has been a part of my rock, my glue and my motivation to keep on surviving. This organization has not only assisted me with gas, funds and food resources but has also become a part of my life. In my quest to give back, I joined IWS board as Outreach Committee Chair in 2012, while in my own battle with breast cancer. Founder, Anisa Palmer-Warren has a great bond with my daughter, Zaire. I believe this is attributed to her love and passion for her beautiful mother, who passed away due to breast cancer. I will be here for and with IWS and Anisa as she continues to build and leave an empowering legacy!

Much love and blessings!
Patrice Watley Williams, Author
& Founder, Wear It Girl Wigs &
Accessories for survivors

4 BlessedbyTMH

Board Member

Rating: 5

What I like most about what I DO for IWS as a Board Member is Strategy Development & Team Building (those things which Board Members do); however, as a Data Scientist, I’m always present to the framing challenge or the creativity aspect of our projects: SMS Campaigns, Marketing Asset Creation, Campaign Evaluation, Campaign Implementation, Command Center Setup, Leader Board Performance, Data Migrations, Beacon Management, Geo-Fencing and various other data/tech use cases for both the needs of the business and community betterment.

What I like most about what IWS DOES for cancer patients and survivors is being HIPAA Certified and GDPR aware enough to be led by policies that protect the privacy rights of these very individuals, something which is very important and often mismanaged in today’s post 'Cambridge Analytica' society, a prime directive regardless of program affiliation or degree of assistance being provided; our Executive Director & CEO does a phenomenal job of making everyone feel at home!

When not volunteering for IWS, I can be found engaging in any number of competing passions and life goals, because I no longer have the luxury of only focusing on one; these would certainly include:

A. Family Reunions
B. Class Reunions
C. Discovering New Places & Cultures*
D. Ensuring That My Patronage Includes Black-Owned Businesses*
E. Supporting My Family & Community Leaders*
F. Developing Future Housing Options*
G. Attending Data Science & Analytics Courses & Events
H. Paying Tribute To The Elderly & Deserving

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible group t o work with...mission driven and dedicated

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

IWS is an organization that continues the care of breast cancer patients far after they receive treatment from the doctor. They address the needs that help patients truly survive the ordeal of being diagnosed, fighting the illness, and surviving breast cancer. Total healing requires more than medicine and IWS is there to fill that void. It offers resources and personal commitment to its clients.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with I Will Survive since early 2019. I was drawn to the organization by its mission which is to provide support and aid to those directly affected by breast cancer as well as to their families. Over the past two years, I have seen the direct and meaningfully impact that the organization has had on its community of survivors, whether that is through direct economic support or health and wellness workshops to share best practices and preventive education. Anisa, the founder and face of IWS, is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She is driven by her personal story and is devoted to helping others in her community. Her drive and passion to make meaningful change and aid those in need is evident immediately upon meeting her. It is this drive and passion that has enabled IWS to help so many survivors over the past decade.

2 Quanzi C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Will Survive Inc. is an amazing organization. There is so much support for the clients and the community from this organization. From organizing community events to direct support, I Will Survive Inc. is there to spread awareness and give assistance wherever needed.

3 Sasha Mohale

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every one at the organization has been welcoming and very helpful. In addition, I’ve learned a lot as an IT Intern while collaborating with Saleforce.

3 Adrienne L J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I like most about what IWS does for cancer patients and survivors is how they always go the extra mile and treat survivors like family, not a statistic. While some organizations seem to look for ways to disqualify those seeking assistance, IWS looks for to help above and beyond the immediate needs of the survivors. This is why I decided to become a volunteer. Working with IWS gives me the opportunity to share my experiences as a survivor and a recipient of services from IWS. This organization has been such a blessing to me and so many others.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about I Will Survive through a volunteering website several years ago. After I met Anisa, the founder, I was inspired by her work and goal. This organization aims at helping families who are struggling financially, emotionally, or any other way. They work really hard to keep in touch with their clients and make every effort to provide any assistance needed. Anisa has kept IWS rolling with a pure goal and never expects anything in return. Their goal is to make difficult times easier for families affected by cancer (breast). IWS hosts events that are fun and sociable where patients themselves can attend and meet one another. I want to see IWS rise and more people to learn about because their impact on families is something that should not go unnoticed.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I discovered I Will Survive after looking for a volunteer opportunity to work with a nonprofit that meets the needs of its clients. Although I was not able to get involved at the time I continued to follow the organization. 6 years later, I’m a board member and am able to help the mission, clients and founder. Anisa is passionate and works hard to find resources for her clients. I encourage everyone to give of their time, talents, and money to support families affected by breast cancer.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Anisa is nothing more then magical. She is a gift to many but such a blessing to me. I WILL SURVIVE organization, has been in full support of assisting me in finding treatment for a condition I was diagnosed with in March 2018, called Breast Implant Illness (BII). Traditionally BII has not been linked with breast cancer until recently.

The cause of this illness is ruptured silicone or saline implants. Most recently textured implants have been associated with a new form of lymphoma; Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). BIA-ALCL, has become a reality for many breast cancer survivors and BII patients, who originally chose breast implants as a safe solution for maintaining body image. Unfortunately, this special lymphoma has proven to be fatal to many patients.

Thus the reason, breast implants now have an even more probable cause connection with breast cancer. BII is known to cause auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients suffer from hair loss, severe brain fog, anxiety, weight loss/gain, depression, joint pain/swelling, and numerous other issues. Some women have suffered for years not knowing the cause of their issues. Most were not diagnosed until years later, since regular mammograms can not detect this condition, only a diagnostic mammogram which is not covered by most insurance. By this time, many women have become victims of auto immune illnesses, etc. just like breast cancer, early detection is key.

BII is a cause that needs to be on the lips of all health officials and mandates warning people of the potential life threatening issues implants can cause. Unfortunately, this is still a relatively new illness and not recognized by the FDA. Which has caused an ongoing battle with women and the FDA in securing payments via insurance for this illness. Majority of surgeries are self-pay with price tags from $6,000 and up just for removal. Not to mention the after-care and detoxification rituals and practices that are mandatory, causing an even bigger expense to patients that are out of pocket.

There is still much work and awareness needed. Thankfully, I WILL SURVIVE has assisted us in providing a platform for this cause. Anisa's immediate call to action to assist in raising money for awareness and mandatory surgeries for women, is priceless to our recovery. Currently, I am an advocate for BII and awaiting surgery like millions of others. In 2019, I established "Cracked But Not Broken, Healing Implant Illness" to raise awareness and money for this cause.

The guidance and direction Anisa has shown by taking my cause on as a client, has given me and other women like me, hope in becoming closer to surgery and healing. I no longer feel alone in this battle. It is my hope and prayer that everyone who is battling an illness or has a cause is privved to have the love, support and blessings I have received with I Will SURVIVE!

Gracious Thanks for allowing me to share my story!

Continued Blessings,
Lady Carol Causieestko
Owner/Director
The Return of the Lady
thereturnofthelady@gmail.com
Client & Fundraiser

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I will survive", Founder Mrs. Palmer-Warren, and staff are total gems that deserve the utmost recognition for being an outstandingly exceptional Non-Profit organization.

I have to tell you that I had a constraint that could not be rectified, however "IWS" instantly agreed to eradicate the challenge and alleviate my frustration. Since being Ill, I've had many frustrations with my inability to meet up with many obligations, and having this resource was a calamity stopper!
They mean what they, say and deliver willingly and selflessly to patients. I am privileged to have been a beneficiary of these true life savers. -C

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with I Will Survive, Inc for almost a year, I can say that this organization is by far one of the greatest companies I have worked for. I have learned so much through Anisa and her team that I can use in my regular job as a public health professional. Anisa has taught me how to network, interacting with clients, how to obtain grants and so much more that it’s immeasurable. Even with a pandemic raging on, she has never stopped and has continued to ensure that our clients have everything that they need. I do not see myself leaving this organization any time soon and I hope to continue providing the quality services to our community and around the world. Thank you Anisa, thank you I Will Survive.

3 Paris V. J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Will Survive, Inc. is one of my favorite nonprofits. They not only say they care about the community, they show they care in their many efforts towards bringing awareness to breast cancer and providing economic support to those battling cancer. All the employees and volunteers make you feel welcomed and like family. The Founder, Anisa, is a breath of fresh air. Her story is incredible. She turned tragedy into purpose. Very down to earth, supportive of all, and keeps a smile on her face. IWS is amazing!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Iwillsurvive is a charity that Definetly cares. They show loyalty, compassion and respect. They've helped my family over several occasions during my Breast Cancer in 2017. They are awesome. They deserve it all because they do so much for the community and the Cancer ppl and our families. We Salute the entire I Will Survive staff. Thanks for all you do. Trust me we see and recognize what you're doing.

3 BeautifulGrace1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An organization that truly cares. Compassionate, kind and professional.

Thank you I Will Survive!

Linda Ann Pritchett

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across this organization while looking for organizations to assist me during my second time around with breast cancer. When I met Anisa I met an angel. She is so selfless and giving. She also has a way of making you feel good about yourself.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve known the founder, Anisa Palmer, for about 8 years and I couldn’t think of another more fitting person to represent, I Will Survive Inc. Anisa is a strong leader, with a powerful spirit of determination, passion, and compassion to help anyone and everyone she can, who is either battling with breast cancer, have battled with the deadly disease, and/or all of the people affected by such diagnosis, directly or indirectly. As we all know, breast cancer not only affects the survivor diagnosed, but it also affects their families, loved ones, and livelihood. Anisa has stood in the gap for many survivors who needed someone to go to surgery with them, for women who needed to get their mammograms, from survivors who have lost their jobs and were at risk of eviction, she is there. From acts of kindness such personally assisting with cleaning a survivors home to taking out another’s trash. There aren’t enough character spaces permitted to define or even begin to describe the impact that I Will Survive Inc. has had in our communities, with the strong leadership and passion of Anisa. I can attest to Anisa’s unparalleled dedication, unrelenting, and selfless love for others, which are solely a minuscule number of the admirable qualities she possesses.

2 Veronica M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for IWill Survive Inc. And i will say from the beginning, i was welcomed with open arms, LITERALLY! I love that there is such an organization because it fills such a huge void in the needs surrounding and regarding cancer! May this organization flourish and continue to impact many lives in many ways!

4 Curtis D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organization has opened so many peoples hearts by being true to their mission.
I also follow them on Instagram and I find the information they post useful to my own life.
I am proud to have donated in the past and look forward to doing so again in the near future.
I’d like to add, that as a veteran, I appreciate seeing another veteran run an amazing cause such as this!
God continually bless all that they do!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a local business owner of a breast surgery recovery boutique in Atlanta. I have personally assisted women that were referred to me by I Will Survive Inc. and the stories I hear from patients about how they have made it through some very difficult times and they could not have done it with this organization.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5


I Will Survive, Inc (IWS), is truly an organization that supports and assists cancer survivors in an effective manner! IWS endeavors to ensure an individual is focused on their healing and wholeness, as they help provide the “necessities” of life (based on the individual’s personal need ! A much needed and appreciated holistic approach to “cancer care!”

The director and staff are sincere, friendly and caring!

God bless and favor IWS, INC!

Recipient of IWS’s love and care,

Linda Ann Pritchett
Isaiah 54:17
2GODBALLTHEGLORY

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I Will Survive is a well respected nonprofit organization. I truly admire Anisa Palmer and the impact she is making in the community. It's evident that she enjoys what she's doing. The breast cancer community needs an organization such as this to meet the needs of underserved communities! It's been a pleasure to volunteer and partner with I Will Survive.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first encounter with I will Survive Inc was when I was diagnosed with Stage IIIA Breast Cancer, had lost both jobs, exausted all my personal income and was being Evicted from the Rental place. I was very weak from the Chemotherapy, very near broken emotionally, physically, psychologically, I was holding it together for my four children who were very traumatize by the diagnosis and seeing me sick for the first time in their teenage years. Ms. Anisa was very caring and stayed true to her word that she and I will Survive Inc would be there with me through my challenges, and more came, I got worse physically and emotionally and my kids as well, however, I am most grateful for every little thing that they have done, I don't know where we would be without their support in every way. I appreciate the support.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warm, friendly reception on phone and on-site. Patient and sympathetic. Excellent support for survivors of breast cancer. They listen to what you say and respond. They help you or provide really good links in the community depending on your need. They have great training and other events. On-site literature is helpful. B.S.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You could not be in better hands than this organization! The serve you from their hearts and that is what sets them above other agencies. Anissa Palmer is a woman I admire and respect!

3 michellehlms72

Client Served

Rating: 5

special thanks to i will survive inc., without this organization i believe a lot of of survivors would be doomed. my mother who is the survivor and i are so very grateful. keep up the extraordinary work that you all do.

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6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful for I Will Survive Inc. because they were there for my mom and me when no one else would. I wish we had more dedicated organizations like them that truly cares for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently relocated to Atlanta, and wanted to offer volunteer services, while seeking a new full time position. Having a background in healthcare, it was important to me to volunteer for an organization that is truly dedicated to being compassionate, supportive, and healing. I came across 'I Will Survive, Inc' during my search and immediately resonated with the healing endeavors and message of 'I Will Survive'. In my own way, I was on a personal path of renewal and healing. When you walk into the space of I Will Survive, Inc, you immediately can feel the warm, healing energy, you know that you are welcomed in a true safe haven of compassion. Such a wonderful place with wonderful caring people. Miss Anisa Palmer, the Founder of I Will Survive, Inc. is a true beacon of compassion, strength, wisdom, warmth, and guidance. All of the staff of volunteers were also wonderfully warm and compassionate, each bringing a special sense of care and giving. I was inspired in meeting each Survivor, witnessing their vulnerability and beautiful strength. I have had wonderful, endearing moments sharing with them warm words and hugs, soft laughter, and bright smiles of compassion. I will always treasure my experience at I Will Survive, Inc, and support this organization for it's wonderful, compassionate, healing, good works.

6 Ella D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have been blessed to not need the services of I Will Survive Inc., I have also been blessed to know the founder and to consider her a dear friend. Having served in a variety of roles within the Atlanta community and abroad, it is clear when leaders have a personal passion regarding their role. Anisa has this passion and has executed her plan, pivoting when necessary, to help others.
The world needs more leaders like Anisa and those served by I Will Survie Inc., are fortunate.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Dyer
Sustaining member of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2014 and unaware of the actual medical cost. When I received all my bills I was overwhelmed. I am a Social Worker and find resources for people. I went on the search for my own resources and I Will Survive Inc. contacted me and stated they were paying money towards one of my bills. I was overjoyed!!!! Recently, I modeled in a fashion show sponsored by I Will Survive Inc. and met many Breast Cancer Survivors. Made a new friend. It was an awesome event. Thank you I Will Survive Inc. You blessed my life.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing young lady and Veteran heads up this amazing organization! They make a difference every single day in the lives of so many!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I WIll Survive, Inc. has been instrumental in helping me in my personal battle with cancer. I have had the opportunity to not only receive help, but witness through volunteering, how they help and care about others.

5 Claudia C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The founder is someone you can believe in...easily. The integrity, grit, and moral compass are so strong with I Will Survive, Inc, because it was built on a foundation of faith. I pray God continues to bless this organization, so it can continue to bless so many.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Anisa Palmer is a phenomenal young woman with true compassion and conviction to reach and serve others affected by breast cancer. Her organization, I Will Survive Inc. is her life's mission and all those seeking support find her radiating an energy of love, hope, strength and positivity! Whether you are a client served or a volunteer, her encouragement is infectious!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great place to volunteer. I am honored to have been able to serve with so many amazing people at a community event.

6

Client Served

Rating: 4

I will Survive has helped me on several occasions with support through providing access to counseling, emotional support and also basic food supplies once or twice. I love especially how IWS focuses on providing health and nutrition information which is an essential to any recovery as well as for the upkeep of a positive mental and emotional well being. Helping me over the bumps in the road of life, IWS has a crew of volunteers that are always smiling and always willing to assist in whatever needs to be accomplished.

9 Engrid S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I will survive is a phenomenal organization lead by a passionate and dedicated Leader with a staff to match! I have been a supporter of their efforts since inception and have watched them grow and continue to touch lives and make them better. Cancer is a devastating illness and it comforts me to know that this organization is doing all it can to find a cure and help victims and their families along the way. Anisa Palmer , the founder and soldier of this movement, is a shining example of Leadership and integrity. Her efforts to bring comfort and assistance to patients, survivors, and their families are above and beyond expectations. Please support her efforts and this great cause!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will Survive changed my life completely in so many ways. The Director Anisa Palmer connected to my fears, my loneliness, my abandonment of friends. She was able to help me get through days when I wanted to give up. My Journey has been filled with mixed emotions and uncertainty and every time I felt perplexed I Will Survive found a way to keep me in my apartment. I am forever greatful for the unwavering support and I plan to help others in the same way once I'm back on my feet. I Will Survive is my life line. Thank for helping me Survive

10 Anisa P.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization to support that serves the metro Atlanta area under United Ways 211 affiliated program.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a volunteer for this organization. I also serve as the Founder and Executive Director. This organization is my life. I lost my mother to breast cancer and decided to start this organization after my service in the military. Please help us give back to our community by giving time, talent, and treasure to support our mission. Our mission is to increase breast cancer awareness through education and provide funding in lower income communities.