Jersi Baker is a metastatic breast cancer patient advocate and President/Founder of Angel in Disguise, Inc. Jersi uses her voice when she does not see someone that looks like her, a Black woman being represented. A transformational moment in her journey occurred as she sat in the audience at a conference. She saw four women speaking on a panel, who were all white women. Noting the lack of diversity on the panel, Jersi spoke up and shared her concerns. At another conference, at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, she was again perplexed when she noted that no one speaking looked like her, which was acknowledged by an industry representative. On a third occasion, after seeing six white women, one Asian woman and no black women being featured in a documentary, Jersi took her voice to social media, further elevating her stance that there must be diverse representation – specifically, including Black women in initiatives. Jersi’s voice is her power and she continues to use it to create more opportunities for black women to be heard.
Angela Baker (Jersi) is 49 years old. She was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development. Angela is a 3-time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with DCIS in 2003 and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction to her left breast, and treatment of Tamoxifen. In 2010 she had a local reoccurrence, surgery to remove it and several rounds of radiation. In 2011 she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, which has now spread to her chest wall bones, spine, and ribs. Angela is currently in ongoing treatment and has recently developed liver metastasis. She is an advocate in her community, and involved in other breast cancer organizations. As the Founder and President of a non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC, Angel in Disguise Inc, she provides complimentary transportation to breast cancer patients for appointments, surgery, treatment and light errands, while waiting with them; and she provides after care and peer support. Jersi has participated in many events and speaking engagements to promote the awareness and importance of finding a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Written by: Angel ‘Jersi’ Baker, MBC Disparities ANGEL Advocate