I Will Survive, Inc.’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient


Author: Lauren Bagger, IWS Content Writer

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The I Will Survive Incorporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. Every year they award a dedicated volunteer with the honor of Volunteer of the Year, an award given to those who have shown an unwavering effort to better the organization as well as themselves. This year Paris V. Johnson, an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan, deservedly won VOTY. She has taken her own experiences at I Will Survive Inc. to start her own business, Promoting Motivational Move Makers (P3M), which is an advertising and marketing company dedicated to supporting small business needs. P3M is a short video ad company that provides promotional videos, SEO management, website designs, logo design and animation to small businesses at affordable prices. Their mission is to make clients’ money and to be a point of contact for their clients’ entrepreneurial and startup needs. The company was borne out of founder Paris V. Johnson’s want to see others succeed: “ I see your vision…Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart…Wishing happiness, prosperity, and good health to all,” Paris says. In addition to their business services, P3M prioritizes community service, and a portion of profits are donated to I Will Survive Inc., as well as 3 other volunteer organizations. I Will Survive Inc. congratulates Paris for her nomination and her win. It is a privilege to serve the Atlanta community with you at our side.

During an interview, founder, Anisa Palmer, explained her first impression of Paris V. Johnson. “She fell right in. What can I do to help? Where do I need to go? What’s the move? What needs to be done?… She knew what was bringing her here,” Anisa said. Paris’ commitment to helping others made her a perfect candidate for I Will Survive Inc.’s Volunteer of the Year award. Yet, it was her professionalism and dedication to improving the organization’s impact that made her win deserved. From consistently attending the monthly meetings, to showing up, unprompted, to offer a helping hand with events, to even dedicating part of her own business to raising money for IWS, Paris’ willingness to go above and beyond the organization’s call to action makes her a cherished point of strength within the company.

Paris embodies all IWS core values. She possesses unshakeable integrity, a sense of purpose that allows her to be consistently innovative, and she is a woman of wellness and equanimity. What brought Paris’ to IWS was her own mother’s battle with breast cancer. Paris’ mother conquered her first bout with the disease when Paris was a child. Years later it returned, but her mother survived it again and has been in remission for a decade. Paris’ bond with her mom strengthened during their fight with breast cancer and the two have become an inseparable and endearing duo. Her mother’s diagnosis was a pivotal moment in Paris’ life. Paris began to recognize the need for support and resources within the breast cancer community and became determined to be a part of the solution. Disappointed with other breast cancer organizations for their lack of transparency, Paris’ chose the IWS for their honesty and the intimate relationship they form with their staff, volunteers, and those they help.

Brought on initially as a volunteer and training as a health advocate, Paris’ quickly became a welcomed asset to the team. Ms. Palmer recounted that once, Paris attended two of the organization’s events in one day. As an IWS fitness workshop finished, Paris’ speedily drove across Atlanta to attend an IWS speaking event. She was exhausted but ready to offer support by any means necessary. “…In comes Paris like magic,” Ms. Palmer remembers.” She was determined to find us. She was determined to be there.” Since her arrival, Paris has brought nothing but her best. It is recognized that the work achieved by the IWS would not be possible without volunteers like Paris.

“Before the titles, before the acts of kindness, Paris is a good human being…We praise her mom for raising her right!” Ms. Palmer laughed. Paris grounds herself in her convictions and inspires others to do the same. As a businesswoman and a minority, Paris has little tolerance for the unjust and does not bite her tongue for the sake of politeness. She is strong-willed–when she says she’ll get something done it would take an otherworldly force to prevent her from doing so. Paris has a depth to her that is a rarity in most, and yet when asked to describe herself her reply is poetic in its simplicity. Rather than seeing herself as the powerhouse that she is, she describes her life as “residing in the clouds.” “It’s bright and quiet up there,” she wrote. Paris won Volunteer of the Year because she possesses an incredible sense of self that others spend a lifetime trying to obtain. One could call Paris’ motivation to help others persistent drive, but Paris would rather describe it as her life’s purpose. She lives a fulfilled life. One of encouraging others and serving them so that they too, can succeed.

Story written by Lauren Bagger, I Will Survive, Inc. Content Writer

About the Author: Lauren Bagger is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Journalism and International Studies. Check out more work from Lauren here: https://laurenbagger.com


Inflammation and Cancer


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Article published by: Zarifa Eshova, IWS Health Advocate, Researcher 

Inflammation and Cancer

Inflammation in the body has been linked to increased risk of developing cancer. This is because active inflammation provides a good growing environment for cancerous cells, thereby, not only initiating formation of a tumor, but also further progressing it. Previous studies have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help fight against cancer. Not only did they reduce the risk of developing cancer, but they were also linked to lower mortality rates in patient with lung cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their role in preventing cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, or heart failure. An article published on the Tanaffos emphasizes that Omega-3 fatty acids decrease blood pressure and heart rate due to their blood thinning effects. While including Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is not only good for your heart, recent studies suggest that they may also play a role in preventing cancer.

According to clinicaltrials.gov, Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of breast cancer initiation and further development. They act as anti-inflammatory agents which control the environment in which a tumor may develop. Furthermore, Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosatetraenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids, also known as EPA and DHA respectively, have shown to lower levels of depression. While some believe that their effect on depression can be linked to the anti-inflammatory effects, others believe that it may be related to its ability to pass through the brain cell membrane. Nevertheless, meta-analyses suggest that Omega-3’s are effective in preventing depression.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Incorporation into Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids can be incorporated in your diet through Omega-3 rich foods or supplements that can be bought over the counter. While taking supplements may be an easy way to consume these fats, eating certain foods that are rich in Omega-3’s can be tastier, cheaper, and more effective.

Some foods that are rich in Omega-3’s include:

  • Seafoods (salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, or trout)
  • Plant oils (flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil)
  • Breads with Flaxseed
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds)


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Heart News For February…Some things We Love, Like YOU!

Donate to support our programs today… we need help to ensure NO one fights breast cancer alone, NO one gets evicted with breast cancer, NO one is hungry, and NO one has to choose between keeping the lights on or paying for health care necessities. We provide real support NOW, because tomorrow…
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North Georgia Statewide Home Buyer Breakfast Event

Learn everything from buying New Construction, to Rent to Own Programs. Our special Home Buying Team will be available to answer all your questions. There are a variety of loan programs, and first time home buyer programs still available.

You’ll meet with our State Approved Lenders who will be taking loan applications ON THE SPOT*

We have something for everyone. Whether you are a first time home buyer or have purchased a home before. You don’t want to miss it.

This is a private event and not associated with Golden Corral – Please do not contact the restaurant. If you have questions, please contact the event organizer.

You must register in advance to attend – Seating is limited.

This event is not to solicit buyers/homeowners that are already under contract with a licensed Realtor.

*credit application fee may apply

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or have previously owned a home, this event will be very informative. Everything you need to know about purchasing a home all under one roof. Also, included will be steps to buying New Construction and Lease-To-Own options.

Representatives will be onsite to discuss:
• Home buying Process
• Mortgage Process
• Getting Financially Ready
• Down Payment Assistance Programs
• Lease-to-Own Option
• Q&A

Licensed loan officers will be available to pre-qualify you on the spot.
This is a FREE, PRIVATE event and is NOT associated with Golden Corral.
(1) This event is for future home buyers. All current, aspiring or future real estate professionals are prohibited from attending.
(2) This event may be photographed, filmed or taped.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get valuable information on purchasing a home.

What can I bring into the event?
Please bring ID and your registration confirmation.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
(404) 902.8482
What’s the refund policy?
This is a FREE event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Printed or electronic is acceptable.
Can I update my registration information?
Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
There is NO FEE for this event.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Registration MUST match ID.

Let’s Get Started
Enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship, which can go towards students enrolled in academic institutions tuition or books, go towards economic support (rent/mortgage/utilities), or towards your business goals as an entrepreneur.

Rules to enter:

  1. Must be a breast cancer survivor in need
  2. Must be actively enrolled in a college/university or Must have an active registered business for 1 year or more
  3. Must attend at least one health education workshop at I Will Survive, Inc.

Winner announced in October, stay tuned, and make 2019… YOUR YEAR!

IWS Health Education Workshop Series supported by:


Join Cancer and Careers for a free event (CEUs/PDCs available)!
Upcoming Events

As the dates draw closer, we’re excited to announce a number of free events — in person, online and even on the air! Here are just a few…

Balancing Work & Cancer Webinars*

Job Search
2/6 @ 1:00 PM ET
Disclosure, Privacy & Online Brand
3/6 @ 7:00 PM ET
Working Through Treatment
4/3 @ 7:00 PM ET

Open to anyone touched by cancer, our webinars are easily accessed from your phone and/or online and provide critical information on understanding disclosure, the decision to work through treatment, sharpening your job-search skills and more.

Click here for series details, accreditation info and to register.

Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer*

Chicago 3/29 @ 9:00 AM

Our conference in Chicago examines the challenges faced by working people with cancer as they consider their careers post-diagnosis, including privacy, taking time off, returning to work and more.

Click here for event details, accreditation info and to register.

QVC, HSN & CEW Present Beauty with Benefits

QVC & HSN (Live)
4/25 @ 7:00 PM ET

Mark your calendars — Thursday, April 25th — for “Beauty with Benefits,” on QVC and HSN. The live broadcast is a feel-good celebration of cosmetics and compassion! 80% of the purchase price of the donated merchandise benefits CAC.

Learn how a little makeup can make a big difference.

National Conference on Work & Cancer*

NYC 6/21 @ 8:45 AM

Travel scholarships available!

CAC’s signature event brings together hundreds of patients, survivors, healthcare/HR professionals, and caregivers and features a variety of experts — including doctors, social workers, lawyers, career coaches and more — sharing need-to-know information on key issues surrounding the intersection of work & cancer.

Click here for event details, accreditation, info and to register.

To stay up to date on all Cancer and Careers events throughout the year, visit our Events page.
*Free CEUs/PDCs available to healthcare and HR professionals. For details, click the links above.

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Health and Wellness MeetUp at I Will Survive, Inc. Saturday, November 17, 2018


Guess who is facilitating the IWS Monthly Health Education workshop for November?

Meet Dr. Anne-Marie Campbell DiNardo

A Passion for Health and Chiropractic

While growing up, Dr. Anne-Marie was an avid athlete and made many visits to her family chiropractor to recover from injury. She worked for a chiropractor while in college at the University of Georgia and witnessed firsthand the life-changing benefits and miracles of chiropractic.

She became a successful realtor, and one day had an epiphany: she was supposed to be a chiropractor! She ended up returning to chiropractic college for another four years of training, receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University.

Specialty Training

Dr. Anne-Marie has extensive training in multiple techniques and has taken hundreds of hours in postgraduate coursework. She specializes in pediatrics, pregnancy, nutrition, sports performance and injury prevention.

Some of her accreditations include

CACCP designation
Certification in Webster Technique
Certified Advanced Proficiency in Torque Release Technique

Compass Family Chiropractic | (770) 452-0022



Meet us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

I Will Survive, Inc. at 5879 New Peachtree Rd. Suite D, Doraville, GA 30340

Free parking and light refreshments provided.


Feel Your Boobies: Early Detection is Important!


Amazing read!

How In The HEALTH Did That Happen?

As published by the Mayo Clinic – second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States.

Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer can occur in men. How in the Health Does That Happen? It is not clear what causes male breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic shares that “Doctors know that male breast cancer occurs when some breast cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells do. The accumulating cells form a tumor that may spread (metastasize) to nearby tissue, to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body”. Breast cancer, however is more common in women.

Research and awareness is contributing greatly to the decline in deaths associated with breast cancer. Early detection is of major importance. I know quite a few women who have had to battle breast cancer and fortunately lived to tell their story. My friend, a…

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I Will Survive, Inc.


Applications accepted online, walk-in during public open office hours at 5879 New Peachtree Rd. Suite D, Doraville, GA 30340 Tuesday to Thursday 10:00am – 2:00pm. Nearest Marta station is Doraville and five minutes of walking to the facility. For more information about services, please call 404.483.8503, email Contact@IWillSurviveInc.org or visit the website www.IWillSurviveInc.org


Support Services

Prevention Education Program

Our educational program features various health workshops, seminars, events, and virtual training in our communities to reduce the risks, detect early, and assist with genetic testing.

Economic Support Program

This program is the largest and helps with direct support now with rent assistance, utility assistance, transportation assistance for those battling breast cancer. Access to food pantry with community partner, I Care Atlanta.

Health and Wellness services

Care packages for those currently fighting and for survivors to relieve stress. Services also include job readiness training post treatments and self sustainability practices and coaching sessions with Certified Life Coaches for goal setting.


Candidates accepted to I Will Survive, Inc. programs:

    • Must be in need.
    • Agree to abide by all guidelines, fully participate in all program activities, and refrain from any inappropriate activity.

We accept donations in the form of volunteer time and professional services, monetary via paypal, cash app ($IWillSurviveInc), website, check, cash to I Will Survive, Inc., or in-kind donations, grants, sponsorship. Please call us for more details on how to give at 404.483.8503.