Essie Mormen (1937–2007)

Essie Mormen

BCA mourns the loss of Essie Mormen, who died on February 28, 2007. She lived with breast cancer for about 12 years.

Essie was known for her work as a human rights activist, having traveled to China, Nicaragua, and South Africa to fight for social and political reform. After her breast cancer diagnosis in 1995, she became an activist in the breast cancer movement. Essie was particularly outspoken about environmental justice, the links between breast cancer and environmental factors, and the disparities in cancer rates for women of color. Her involvement with BCA included doing outreach on these issues and speaking publicly about the high rate of breast cancer in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco. She was featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer. “I do this film in honor of my mom,” said Essie, whose mother also had died from breast cancer.

Essie’s memorial took place on March 8, 2007, in San Francisco. She will be greatly misse

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