The CHAMPION Promise Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, healthy lifestyles and empowerment of high risk and underserved women and girls. We exist to encourage and equip women to live at their highest level of wellness.
Our Founder, Nikia Hammonds-Blakely, is 20+ year, 2-time survivor of breast cancer, diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer when she was only 16 years old. She credits early detection for saving her life. She also had a life-long battle with obesity. Now, having lost over 70lbs and adopting a new lifestyle, Nikia has a greater resolve than ever to live and maximize her life.
As a result, The CHAMPION Promise Foundation was formed as Nikia’s promise to not only live a Champion Life for herself, but her commitment to educate and empower other women to champion their health, as they encourage others to do the same. While one of our primary initiatives is breast cancer awareness education, our outreach will cover a larger span of women’s’ health and wellness issues.
The CHAMPION Promise Foundation will educate our audiences on the risks and available education, screenings & treatments of breast cancer; the prevention of childhood obesity; and the promotion of breast health and overall healthy lifestyle commitment.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Today, at age 36, Nikia is conquering a life-long struggle with obesity, through a healthy diet and exercise, resulting in a 70lb weight-loss. She says surviving cancer has motivated her to take control of her total health, and she finds great joy and encourages others to do the same. Still, her greatest lies ahead of her. After discovering pre-cancerous cells during a recent mammogram & biopsy, Nikia decided to take a very proactive step to prevent the likely reoccurrence of breast cancer by undergoing a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy.Taking her mission of new life and health to a new level, Nikia continues to tirelessly educate young women that the disease can strike at a very young age. She travels the country focusing her mission and ministry on the healing of women who suffer with issues of inadequacy and insecurity. Nikia serves as an ambassador for the Circle of Promise campaign, a breast cancer awareness movement geared specifically toward African-American women. Nikia also volunteers as an advocate for the American Association of Cancer Research the American Cancer Society (ACS), Reach to Recovery International and the University of Chicago Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research Center.
Still, she says her greatest opportunity to date, was traveling to the continent of Africa, where she was able to minister to young girls, ages 13 & 14, who were battling stage 4 breast cancer. Nikia rallied the support of her community and proudly presented young, underprivileged African patients with nearly $1,000 worth of bras, prosthetics and medical supplies and over $115,000 to support the Princess Nikki Breast Cancer Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria.
Nikia’s story and work has been profiled in such media outlets as O Magazine, Ebony, Women's World, Weight Watchers, Chicago Sun Times, Glamour Magazine, The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, NPR and interview documentaries on TVOne & BET.
Most recently, Nikia has released a new single entitled “Champion,” along with her memoir “The Fight: Chronicles of a Champion.”
Having survived a life-altering bout with Breast Cancer at age 16 years old, Nikia Hammonds-Blakely is an author, singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who focuses her message on receiving physical and emotional healing with the help of God and family.
When she was a sophomore in high school, she found a lump in her breast. Not even fathoming it could be cancer – no one on either side of her family had ever suffered from the disease – she didn’t think much of it. However, during a physical a short time later, her physician suggested performing a biopsy just to be sure. It turned out to be cancer, and a very aggressive form of cancer at that. She was terrified. Her doctors recommended a total mastectomy, but Nikia resisted. Instead she underwent several months of radiation and other surgeries.
As traumatic as it was, Nikia says her cancer also gave her a resolve she never had before. Until her diagnosis, she says she was only an average student. But once she decided she would beat her cancer and make the most of her life, she earned straight A’s and became the first person in her family to go to college. But she wouldn’t stop there. She would go on to earn an MBA, and is completing her PhD program studying organizational management.
The CHAMPION Promise Foundation
P.O. Box 2352
Frisco, TX 75034