Entrepreneur Lavar Jacobs has opened the first Black-owned Breast cancer resource center in the state of Ohio. The Kim Jacobs Breast Cancer Resource Center will offer medical treatment to those who need it in the greater Akron area.
Also, the center uses a holistic approach to serve its patients that includes financial support, mental health programs and cleaning services.
At the emotional grand opening ceremony, Lavar Jacobs cut the ribbon on what he says has been a dream since his 49-year-old mom passed away in 2009.
“It’s a place where women who are battling breast cancer can come get wigs, massages, therapy, help with their finances, help with insurance, the kids have a room where they can hang out while she’s receiving services,” Jacobs told WKYC.
He further explained that the center will also have outdoor service such as lawn care, snow removal, home cleaning, carpet cleaning and pretty much anything a woman that’s battling the disease would need.
Jacobs also runs a nonprofit organization which he had earlier founded in 2014, called ‘Not Just October’. The organization works to fight breast cancer all year-round.
His work to combat the fatal disease is inspired by his mother, Kim Jacobs, who passed away due to the disease more than a decade ago.
According to him, this is the least he could do to honor his mother. Located in Akron, Ohio, the center is now the first Black-owned breast cancer center in the state.
Through the cancer resource center and his various nonprofits, Jacobs hopes to expand his mother’s legacy. Unfortunately, Jacobs’s story is not all to unfamiliar to many Black families.
Although Black women have a lower incidence rate when it comes to breast cancer than white women, Black women are 41% more likely to die from the disease than white women.
Pictures of women who have lost their battle and the urn with Lavar’s mother’s ashes are displayed in the entrance of the Center. It’s a way, says Jacobs, to honor the women lost to the disease, and to keep his mom close.