“I believe my dad knew something was wrong, but he tried to self-diagnose. This happens far too often in the Black American community.”
Black Americans are at an increased risk for pancreatic cancer. The incidence rate is 67% higher than any other ethnic/racial group in the United States. (National Cancer Institute)
When Shettima called Rolfe Foundation, she found the support she was looking for and needed. Now, hand-in-hand with Rolfe, she is committed to educating others—especially the Black community—to raise awareness about the risks and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
“It’s a hurt that never goes away, but I know he is in a better place and that his spirit lives on. I know he would want me to use his memory in a good way. Even pushing through tears and grieving, I still want to help educate.”