My Mom, My Health Equity Hero

It came as no surprise that when my mother received a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, she became an advocate for health equity in myeloma.

My name is Christian Williams, and I am honored to nominate my mother, Tiffany H. Williams, for the Multiple Myeloma Health Equity Hero award.

I’ve watched my mom advocate boldly for others my entire life. As a child, I saw her fight for my brother who was born with lissencephaly to receive equitable services and care. When he died, she didn’t stop there—she started a nonprofit to help parents of children with special needs navigate and advocate for the same health and societal equity. All the while, she was a pediatric nurse caring for and advocating for marginalized children and adolescents. 

So it came as no surprise that when she received a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, she became an advocate for health equity in myeloma. Unless you know she has myeloma, you would think that her career is to ensure myeloma health equity for everyone. She doesn’t focus on being the patient with myeloma; her concern is to make life better for others living with myeloma.She is breaking down systemic barriers by using her voice to create awareness at all levels of the system. She makes it hard to ignore that disparities in multiple myeloma exists, and she does it boldly with conviction, yet compassion.

She is my hero!

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