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Talk and Walk Program Offers Bonding over Breast Cancer

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

By Karen Nitkin on 07/16/2020


Photo caption: Jacqueline Beale is an advocate for breast cancer research and equity. When she was 39, Jacqueline Beale discovered a lump in her right breast. It was malignant. Determined to get the best possible care, the Glenn Dale resident considered three local health care systems before choosing the Suburban Hospital Breast Center. Beale had a lumpectomy, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, all at Suburban Hospital.

When the cancer returned 18 months later, she went back to Suburban for a mastectomy.

Since then, Beale, now 59, has been a national advocate for cancer research and equity, as well as a devoted supporter of the breast cancer program at Suburban, led by Pamela Wright, M.D.

In May, Beale, a project specialist with the Food and Drug Administration and adjunct professor at Bowie State University, spoke about her experiences and advocacy to about 15 women as part of the hospital’s Talk and Walk program, launched in 2015 by Jamie Borns, breast cancer nurse navigator.


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