FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cervivor Mourns the Loss of Jessica Pettway to Cervical Cancer: Calls for Increased Advocacy

[Upper Marlboro, MD], March 22, 2024 – Cervivor, Inc., a leading advocacy organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness, advocacy, and support, is deeply saddened by the passing of Jessica Pettway, a beloved beauty influencer, wife, and mother, who tragically lost her life to cervical cancer at the age of 36. Jessica’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the critical importance of early detection and accurate diagnosis in the mission to eliminate this preventable disease.

Jessica’s journey underscores the urgent need for increased awareness, education, and advocacy surrounding cervical cancer. Despite her efforts to seek medical attention, Jessica was initially misdiagnosed, with doctors dismissing her symptoms as “just a fibroid.” This devastating misdiagnosis delayed crucial treatment and ultimately cost Jessica her life.

During this difficult time, Cervivor extends its deepest condolences to Jessica’s family, friends, and followers. We stand in solidarity with all those affected by cervical cancer and remain steadfast in our commitment to preventing any more insurmountable losses.

Cervical cancer is a highly preventable and treatable disease when detected early through routine screenings and HPV vaccinations. However, disparities in access to healthcare, misinformation, and stigma continue to pose significant barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment especially in communities of color.

As advocates for cervical cancer prevention and elimination, Cervivor urges individuals to prioritize their cervical health by:

  1. Advocating for themselves and their loved ones by seeking regular screenings and medical attention for any concerning symptoms.
  2. Educating themselves about cervical cancer risks, prevention strategies, and available resources.
  3. Engaging in open and honest conversations about cervical health with healthcare providers, family members, and peers.
  4. Supporting organizations like Cervivor in their mission to raise awareness, promote education, and advocate for policy changes to improve cervical cancer prevention and care.

Jessica’s legacy will endure as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to prioritize cervical health and ensure that no one suffers the same fate due to misinformation, misdiagnosis, or inadequate healthcare access.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact Morgan Newman, Community Engagement Liaison at [email protected].

About Cervivor:

Cervivor is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cervical cancer advocacy, education, and support. Founded by a now 22-year survivor, Tamika Felder, Cervivor is committed to empowering individuals affected by cervical cancer to become advocates for their health while working to eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease. For more information, visit


PRESS RELEASE: Cervivor Founder & Chief Visionary, Tamika Felder To Speak At The White House For The Biden Cancer Moonshot Cervical Cancer Forum

MARYLAND, January 25, 2024 – Tamika Felder, Founder and Chief Visionary, invited to moderate at the Cervical Cancer Forum at the Biden Cancer Moonshot initiative hosted at the White House on Thursday, January 25th, 2024.

“The 2024 American Cancer Society Facts and Figures Report estimates nearly 2 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and cervical cancer is on the rise for those in their 30’s and 40’s,” said Tamika Felder, Founder and Chief Visionary of Cervivor. “Cervical cancer is preventable with vaccination, screening, and early treatment. We need to raise awareness across the nation to prevent it from taking more lives.”

Leaders, advocates, and survivors will gather to have crucial discussions on the future of women’s health. The public is invited to tune into the opening session from 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM ET. Tune into the live stream:

“This isn’t just a meeting; it’s a historic moment where we – the advocates, patients, and survivors – sit alongside leaders of the national Cancer Moonshot initiative,” says Felder, “Let’s rewrite the future of women’s health, one powerful conversation at a time!” Those interested in learning more about Cervivor are encouraged to visit

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