Chawnte Randall, a graduate of LBBC's Young Advocate program, died of metastatic breast cancer in November 2020. She was passionate about all types of advocacy, especially mentoring young women diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a bright light in the advocacy world, and she is missed by the LBBC community.
Chawnte, 42, was a mother and Army veteran who worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. In October 2017, during a routine OB/GYN appointment, Chawnte’s doctor found a lump in her right breast. Following an ultrasound, mammogram, and biopsy of the tumor, Chawnte was diagnosed with stage II, triple-negative breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and began chemotherapy in January 2018. After completing nine cycles of chemotherapy, Chawnte showed no evidence of disease for 11 months.
Then, in March 2019, she began experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty moving her arms, and a burning pain in her breast. Her doctor found a lesion on her sternum. After a biopsy, Chawnte was diagnosed with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.
Chawnte received radiation therapy for lesions in her sternum and left arm. She started a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. After her diagnosis, Chawnte became an advocate within the breast cancer community and participated in a variety of activities focused on mentoring young women diagnosed with breast cancer.