COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) attended the unveiling of the “Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness” license plate at the American Cancer Society in Avondale. The idea for the license plate came from Josie Holloman-Adams, president of the Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc. and mother of Erica J. Holloman who passed away from TNBC in 2011 at the age of 35.
“Josie established the Erica J. Holloman Foundation to honor her daughter, raise awareness about TNBC, and help fund research to one day find a cure,” said Senator Thomas. “The TNBC license plate will make all of Ohio’s citizens aware that there are different types of breast cancer that all require our attention.”
The Erica J. Holloman Foundation aims to raise awareness about and seek the prevention of TNBC through charitable, scientific, and educational means. The foundation notes that TNBC accounts for 20 percent of all breast cancer cases and is usually fatal to women of color under the age of 40. It is the main cause of breast cancer death in African-American women.
During the last General Assembly, Senator Thomas introduced Senate Bill 361 to create the TNBC license plate. During the last two weeks of the 131st General Assembly in December of 2016, otherwise known as “lame duck,” the language for this legislation was added to House Bill 455, a larger bill that contained several pieces of legislation sitting in committee. The bill was passed and signed into law by the Governor.
Proceeds from the license plates will go towards funding the Erica J. Holloman Foundation’s educational and charitable purposes.