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CT high school student working to raise awareness of cervical cancer

Tatyana Williams was only four years old when she lost her mother to cervical cancer. Now, a 10th grader at Metro Learning Center in Bloomfield, CT, Tatyana had made  a point to learn about cervical cancer and spread awareness by doing her academic personal project on the disease and how it affects a family.

Tatyana established three goals when she chose her topic: memorialize her mother, spread awareness, and raise funds through a GoFundMe site.. So far, she has raised $760 for ACS.

She is spreading her knowledge -- and the importance of getting vaccinated for the human papilloma virus (HPV) -- at local health fairs. She asks those who stop by her table to pledge to teach their friends and family about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. These pledges were collected on a poster board created titled, "Teal There's A Cure." (Teal is the color associated with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.)

"It is inspiring to see a high school student take the initiative to spread cervical cancer awareness throughout her community, and touching to see her honoring the memory of her mother," commented Wendy Matthews, executive director, community development, for the Hartford/Providence area in the Northeast Region.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to all women to speak with their physicians about the risks of developing the disease, what causes it, and what they can do to prevent it. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer linked to HPV in women and can be found early and even prevented with routine screenings and tests.

PHOTO: In the top photo, from left, Tatyana Williams Tatyana Williams; Maryanne Goss, health systems manager; and Wendy Matthews, executive director, community development.

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