Erica Frazier

Portrait of Erica Frazier, American Cancer Society volunteer

Cancer advocate Erica Frazier has a unique perspective on volunteering. She believes the American Cancer Society chose her instead of the other way around. That might have something to do with her metastatic cervical cancer. “It’s an ongoing joke that I’m cancer-famous,” says Erica, “Cancer’s my platform.”

For the past five years, Erica has been living with cancer. The first diagnosis occurred at age 27, and Erica endured a fourteen-hour surgery. After the second diagnosis and intense chemo and radiation, she was cancer-free for three months. The cancer returned again, and doctors discovered she was incurable. Today she continues her treatments when her body can handle it and lives her life to the fullest. She’s now on a clinical trial (CX-072) that is slowing the progression of her multiple tumors. She laughs, “I never thought I’d be happy to get a scan where the cancer only grew a little.”

I looked out and saw so many senators with tears in their eyes, I could see they got it. They thanked me for sharing.

Erica Frazier - ACS CAN Legislative Ambassador

Erica has served on several committees and teams, including one for a group called Cervivor, and she does advocacy work through the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN). Sharing her story with the Indiana Senate and House Health Committees was a highlight. “It’s always interesting to walk into the Statehouse prepared to talk about vaginas,” she says. The legislators had been arguing with many of the speakers prior to Erica, so she was nervous and not sure what to expect. But that all changed once she started to speak. Erica says, “I looked out and saw so many senators with tears in their eyes, I could see they got it. They thanked me for sharing. Then they voted and it passed! I got to stand there while the bill was signed.”

Erica participates in trainings with Cervivor and the American Cancer Society. The goal of these trainings is to help survivors share their stories in an impactful way. Erica’s shared her own story by writing a book with her eight-year-old son, Wylee. She hopes their book, Living Life With Mommy’s Cancer, helps anyone who finds themselves living with the disease.