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October 1st, 2009
09:05 PM ET

CNN Hero: Andrea Ivory

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Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory is on a mission to educate Florida communities about the disease, one door at a time.
Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory is on a mission to educate Florida communities about the disease, one door at a time.

CNN Heroes

"We are an army," says Andrea Ivory of the group gathered with her early on a Saturday morning.

Armed with clipboards, leaflets and high spirits, the energetic Ivory leads them into the neighborhood, where they start knocking on doors. The mood is lighthearted, but their mission is serious: to save lives, one house at a time.

They're volunteers from the Florida Breast Health Initiative, or FBHI, and they are waging war against breast cancer. It's an effort started by Ivory, 50, herself a survivor of the disease.

Every weekend in the spring and fall, she and her volunteers - who include college students, senior citizens and suburban moms, all wearing matching T-shirts - fan out across low-income communities in southern Florida, educating women about breast health.

They especially seek out uninsured women age 35 and older, who statistics show are twice as likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, and thus more likely to die from the disease.

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  1. sydney dansby

    My mother died of breast cancer when I was 13-14 yrs old. I am a hard-working black female working 80 hrs. per week with no insurance. Like what you are doing for people like myself. I am very impressed with the door-to-door. It will make me look up some type of organization to see where I can get a free mammogram as well as colon screening. You are inspirational.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:00 am |

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