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Thelma is a four-year breast cancer survivor who is a relentless cancer advocate and certified breast health educator for the American Cancer Society (ACS). She also serves as a community navigator for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts where she navigates approximately 18-20 patients on a regular basis who are mostly located East of the Anacostia River. Diagnosed in June 2007 with a rare form of breast cancer (unknown primary), she underwent chemotherapy, surgery (lumpectomy), radiation and is currently undergoing hormonal therapy. A Her2+ survivor, she works effortlessly to help save lives by encouraging screening and the use of complementary therapies through her various presentations and support group which she established in April 2010. The ACS Breast Cancer Support Group is modeled after the World Bank-IMF Breast Cancer Support Group where Jones holds a leadership role. She retired from the World Bank Group in 2005 after more than 33 years.