Maimah Karmo, Founder of The Tigerlily Foundation & a Breast Cancer Survivor, On How To Run A Charity

March 4, 2013  |  

Maimah Karmo

Some entrepreneurs don’t go into the for-profit business, but rather, venture into the nonprofit sector. But establishing a nonprofit can be complicated.

“I always knew that I wanted to make a difference in the community. I dabbled with a few ideas, but nothing stuck. In 2006, I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. During my second round of treatment, I realized that I wanted to help other young women living with breast cancer and educate young girls and the community as a whole about the disease,” explains Maimah Karmo on why she launched her nonprofit organization, the Tigerlily Foundation.  Tigerlily is a breast cancer support group.

In 2006, Karmo, then 32 years old and the mother of a three-year-old, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, she decided she wanted to help other women and came up with the idea for Tigerlily.  Karmo was born in Liberia and fled to the United States as a refugee with her family at the age of 16.

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