Alicia Cook is an African-American wife, mother of two, and two-time breast cancer survivor, who was diagnosed at the age of 34 with stage II triple negative breast cancer. She began her breast cancer advocacy work after the loss of her sister and other family members to the disease. In addition, she has organized and led a team for the American Cancer Society walk, served as a volunteer for the Avon Breast Cancer walk, worked with the Young Survivors of Breast Cancer Support Group, served as a Consumer Reviewer for the DOD Breast CDMRP research program, and serves as a Susan G. Komen volunteer.
Cook is particularly concerned with breast cancer prevention in the African-American population and encouraging participation in clinical trials. She has shared her breast cancer journey at events such as the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force’s “Beyond October Event,” The Southland Coalition’s annual “Conquering Breast Cancer” event, and as a panelist at the University of Chicago Global Health Week event. Cook serves as patient advocate on University of Chicago research projects, as a volunteer for the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force Sisters Saving Lives program, and participated in Advocacy Day at the Illinois State Capital.