A Philadelphia couple has opened the country’s first-ever Black-owned Can – cer center. The nonprofit offers a safe-haven for those struggling with the disease and their loved ones, completely free of charge.
Anyone who has been touched by some way knows the hurtful toll it can take on a family. Marjani and Al Harris know that pain all too well. Both have had loved ones lifeless from the disease.
“I saw there was a gap in support,” said Al Harris, Co-Founder Who? Care Center Co-founder Marjani Harris said she knows how much the little things matter, along with the support and being there.
The couple saw firsthand that there needed to be more support for both the patients and caretakers. In February, the Harrises opened Who? Cares Center. Al has since quit his job to do it full time. The couple has helped hundreds of patients by sitting with them during chemotherapy and radiation, advocating for them and lending caretakers a hand. All while they raise three young children.”
A lot of times we put ourselves on the back burner because that’s what it takes,” said Marjani Harris. The couple says is tough and getting chemo is not an easy undertaking. ” If there’s someone that can sit there with you through your four-hour process to try to make it feel like you’re only there for an hour. I think that’s some good work,” said Al Harris. Dominique Mundy has battled twice. She says the sense of community here at the Port Richmond center has lifted her spirits.
“It’s cool to have your friends and family say I’m praying for you but when you have 15 strangers saying I’m praying for you it’s kind of like ‘Oh yeah, I’m doing this for them, I’m doing it for everybody!” you feel like a champion,” said Domenique Mundy. Mundy says she credits the Harrises for helping her take on. This month she celebrates her “cancervisary,” marking one year since she went into remission.”He pushes people to do more than they think they can do,” she said.
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