Arkansas Cancer Coalition

21st Arkansas Cancer Summit | 17th Clearing the Air In Communities of Color Conference
Carolyn Garrett

I have worn many hats for the past 45 years… Daughter, Sister, Mother, Meme, EMT, Veterinarian Assistant/Certified Small Animal Dietician, Registered Dental Assistant, Certified Surgical Assistant, Volunteer Firefighter, Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Sunday School Teacher, Janitor, Front Office Representative, Bank Teller and Volunteer.

I have worked at CARTI for over 18 years and have enjoyed every year. I am a two-time Breast Cancer Survivor (1996 & 2002) and have been a caregiver many times. I was unaware of CARTI and what services they provided until I needed them. I was patient number 13 at the newly built CARTI in Conway and became a member of their family for over 6 weeks. During this time, I came to love and admire the doctor and his staff along with fellow patients as we waited for our treatment times together. We formed a special bond to each other. There is a special place in my heart for all of them because they helped me become who I am today.

Cancer changes you. The priorities, the emotions, even the disappointments. I believe we all have a purpose, and I believe my purpose is to help as many patients as I can to “Look Good and Feel Better” while they travel through their cancer journey. I do not wish for anyone to experience this journey, but I believe it has given me a better insight so that I might be a greater person while helping others. Cancer is not a stranger to my family. To this date, 11 of my immediate family members and friends (too many to count) have journeyed down its path. Early detection, knowing your body, and tobacco cessation are just some of the things that I talk to patients about as a Patient Advocate.


I feel honored and excited about what CARTI, the American Cancer Society and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition are doing for our family and friends. I am so glad that I can be a small part of that. Cancer does not discriminate against age, race, or gender. Survivor, caregiver, family and support persons – it takes all of us fighting together. Through research and education, we will be able to help so many get through this journey. You see, it does take a village.

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The Arkansas Cancer Coalition helps facilitate and provide partnerships to reduce the human suffering and economic burden from cancer for the citizens of Arkansas.

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