Valencia Robinson, Ed.S was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in October 2006. She was busy enjoying life as a high school English teacher and a mother of a 3, 4, 5, and 8 year old. She continued teaching during chemotherapy. Her experience ignited in her a passion to become an advocate for others, especially as she saw so many women suffering and dying after their diagnosis.
As a national advocate, Valencia has participated in several NBCC Leadership Summits and Lobby Days, meeting with her Senators and Representatives to advance the group’s public policy agenda. In her local community, for the past eight years, she has sponsored a free Wellness Retreat for breast cancer patients and survivors. She served as a panelist at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
In 2013 she was selected as a National Teacher of the Year by People Magazine. She is an author and speaker who uses her personal testimony to encourage others to change their outlook on the miracle of daily life. Valencia continues to embrace every opportunity to educate herself as an advocate and makes certain she disseminates what she learns to her community and beyond.