Jennifer Ackerman

If there’s an upside to cancer, Jennifer Friedman Ackerman managed to find it.

Diagnosed at only 24 years old with breast cancer, Jennifer was much younger than others she met fighting the disease, and she struggled to find a peer group for support. But she took those feelings of isolation and disorientation and turned them around. A self-described “local poster-child for breast cancer,” Ackerman uses her survivor status to help other young women navigate the frightening and life-changing waters of breast cancer.

“I’m always willing and open to sharing my experience – the good, the bad, the ugly – with young women dealing with cancer so they never feel like they’re alone,” she said. “I can show them there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life can go on, and there is so much to look forward to. Fighting this tough fight is worth it.”

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