Erika Tarantal Jacqui Lewis

In August 2021, our founder and Cholangiocarcinoma thriver Jacqui Lewis had the pleasure and privilege of speaking with Erika Tarantal on WCVB Channel 5 News.

In a segment on 5 For Good, Jacqui discusses her journey with cancer and reveals the shocking statistics that motivated her to start The Rare Initiative. With rare cancers receiving only 3% of funding, despite representing 22% of all cancer diagnoses, Jacqui decided to do something about it.

Watch the short video below to hear Jacqui’s story, insight from the incredible Dr Lipika Goyal and a glimpse into the incredible support for our #WigOutforaCure challenge.

This is just the beginning for The Rare Initiative, and we are grateful to Channel 5 and Erika Tarantal for helping us in our ongoing goal to raise awareness, funding, and hope for people fighting rare cancers.

If you’ve been moved, inspired, or motivated by Jacqui’s story and The Rare Initiative’s efforts, you can start your own #wigoutforacure challenge or make a donation.