A two-time breast cancer survivor, Dr. Jacqueline “Dr. Jackie” Walters, has turned her pain into a passion for nurturing the emotional and physical needs of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. (Courtesy photo)

The 2021 Live! Memphis Breast Health Summit is going virtual with Dr. Jacqueline Walters of Bravo TV’s hit series “Married to Medicine” as the keynote speaker.

The event is set for May 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Jackie, as she is affectionately called, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She will share her journey with breast cancer patients, survivors, their loved ones, caregivers and others interested in learning more about the disease. 

Hosted by the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and Common Table Health Alliance, this is the seventh year for the free event, which celebrates breast cancer survivors and provides information about prevention, early detection healthy living, health care access points and innovations in treatment. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Live! Memphis will be virtual with an interactive component. Those who register can pick up a special Knowledge Bag filled with information, goodies, and their prizes later that day from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. To register, visit www.mbcc.live

The theme is “Going Positively Pink to Beat Breast Cancer. Breast cancer survivor and WMC-TV Action News 5 personality Janeen Gordon is the host. Health experts from Amgen and Baptist Cancer Center will discuss the latest in breast cancer diagnosis treatments and precautions breast cancer patients should take during radiation and chemotherapy. 

“Last year, over one-third of the attendees were first-timers, and we hope this virtual experience will allow even more people to join us as we seek to educate others about pertinent topics and community resources,” said Common Table Health Alliance COO Carla Baker, RN.

In 2014, Memphis was ranked #1 in breast cancer mortality disparity, with African-American women dying at two times the rate of Caucasian women. Breast cancer mortality rates in Shelby County exceeded the national average in all 33 ZIP codes. 

 MBCC, which was founded in 2015 by Common Table Health Alliance, and its 38 partner organizations work collaboratively to change these statistics by providing information about breast cancer and preventive measures that promote early detection. 

The local area is now ranked #7 in breast cancer mortality disparity. 

The 2021 Live! Memphis sponsors include Amgen and Genentech, with local host sponsors Baptist Cancer Center, CIGNA, Merck, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Patient Advocate Foundation, and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 


(To learn more about Live! Memphis and register, visit www.mbcc.live or call 901-800-5108.)