CervivorTV Wins Again!

Cervivor Chief Visionary Tamika Felder and music composer Pete Lacey Receive Three Telly Awards

May 25, 2021 – During a year when the world shutdown, Cervivor created a video that shows what resilience and strength look like. The song, The Will to BE, written and composed by Cervivor caregiver Pete Lacey, is the backdrop to this timeless music video featuring amazing cervical cancer survivors from around the world. This beautiful video was made in partnership with Tim Hashko, President of Steaming Kettle.

Winning Gold in Three Categories: Social Impact, Social Not for Profit and The People’s Choice

CervivorTV now holds six Telly Awards

“Winning three Telly Awards for our work on Cervivor is a testament to the brave women in our network that advocate for themselves and others affected by the disease, who are forcing conversation about the ugly nature of this often misunderstood and stigmatized form of women’s cancer,” said Tamika Felder, Founder and Chief Visionary of Cervivor. “We feel heard – our stories are being validated and celebrated out of the 12,000 entries the Telly Awards receive, which shows that people want to learn about cervical cancer, they just need someone to teach them.”

“When I saw the first cut of the video, I knew it was going to be something special. I soon recognized that my aspirational lyrics that are lived by incredibly inspirational Cervivors, would be impactful, thought provoking and healing. I’m humbled to know the world now thinks so too”, said Pete Lacey.

“We wanted to show the world that cervical cancer is not faceless. We come from all walks of life and have been affected by this horrible disease but we continue to persevere and find joy in living”, said Carol Lacey, Lead Cervivor Ambassador and Production Manager for the The Will to BE video.

Cervivor knows the power a story holds and this community did not hesitate to step up and bring a light of hope when so much of the world is struggling. We saw these women just as they are, sharing that in spite all the adversity cancer brings, life is about the small moments that bring us laughter, happiness and a sense of calm. As the rest of the world moves through a challenging pandemic, those in the Cervivor community showed us that it is possible to rise above stronger together.

About Tamika Felder

Tamika Felder is well-versed in media on both sides of the camera: she’s provided commentary to national radio shows, worked as a journalist and producer in multiple capacities, and is now in the process of making her own documentary. See this short video on her lifestyle website to see how she’s living her second chance, and read more about her experience with cervical cancer on the Cervivor website

About Cervivor

Cervivor builds a community for cervical cancer survivors, family members, educators and caregivers to advocate for HPV awareness, cervical cancer prevention, to create meaningful networks across survivors and experts in the field; and to ultimately change the future of women’s health. To learn more, visit www.cervivor.org

About Pete Lacey

Pete is an inspirational artist who has earned his reputation as a talented musician, skillful performer and composer. Pete generously donates much of the proceeds of the sale of his music to cancer fighting organizations like Cervivor. To learn more, visit www.petelacey.com.

About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. To learn more, visit www.tellyawards.com.

The Heart of a Caregiver

Dr. Nina Rickenbacker Edwards lost her daughter Teolita to cervical cancer in 2019. Teolita had been an active member of Cervivor and a proactive advocate about cervical cancer. “Whenever or wherever Teolita was given an opportunity to speak, she would use that time to raise awareness about cervical cancer,” Nina reports. In honor of her daughter’s mission to outreach and educate, Nina shares some lessons and perspectives on caregiving for Caregiver Awareness Month.

My daughter Teolita passed in August 2019 – just a few weeks shy of her 39th birthday. During Teolita’s cancer journey, I reflected on the many roles that Teolita said I had played in her life: teacher, preacher, doctor, chastiser but most all, mother and best friend. Later during Teolita’s journey, I had to officially add the role of caregiver and provide support and care for my independent, brave and strong adult daughter when her physical health was waning.

I learned that there are some key characteristics one must have  – or develop – to be a loving caregiver: a heart that is full of compassion, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness.

  • Compassion comes from within. You understand what someone else is going through. You strive to do all you can to connect with the person you are giving care. 
  • Joy comes from accepting the challenge of taking care of someone and knowing that you are providing them with all the care and support you can provide. You feel useful, needed, and even gain a sense of purpose.  
  • Peace can be found in caregiving, regardless of the circumstances you are confronted. When you know that you have done all that you can, even if negative situations arise you can find peace in knowing that you gave it your all. 
  • Patience is a requirement for successful caregiving.  Patients needs can change daily, so you must be able to adjust to change on short notices. 
  • Kindness, goodness, and gentleness are essential to meeting and managing the needs of those in are care.

It was painful as a mother to see my daughter suffer. It was hard to watch my daughter fight with all she had. Teolita had such drive, determination, resilience and passion. But even in my own pain, I learned that as a caregiver, when we care for others from the heart, we can adapt to the circumstances and conditions of the loved one under our care.  In doing this, I received a profound sense of purpose and satisfaction knowing that I had a direct impact on the quality of my daughter’s life.

The advice Teolita would share with so many women was “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you would ever imagine. Never give up, never give in. You had cancer; cancer didn’t have you.”

I think this advice applies to caregivers too. You are braver than you believe and stronger than you ever envisioned you could be. Be good to yourself so that you can give care with a full heart. As caregivers, we give so much of ourselves. Take a break and recharge.  You cannot possibly take care of another person if you are not physically and mentally healthy yourself.

To honor her daughter and continue Teolita’s mission of education and cervical cancer prevention, Nina and her community host an annual Teolita S. Rickenbacker Cervical Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Luncheon. See news coverage and TV clips of the January 2020 event.