Natalie Williams Battling Breast Cancer

9/28/2012, 11:04 a.m.

Family and friends of Natalie Williams recently issued a statement saying that the former candidate for the Ward 8 D.C. Council has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

According to the statement, the cancer was found after a mammogram test and three biopsies, and Williams, 41, will undergo a double mastectomy on Oct. 2 at George Washington University Hospital.

"The news of being diagnosed with breast cancer has been devastating to me, my family and my friends....," Williams said. "In spite of it all, I am keeping my faith that God will pull me through this personal challenge. I am forever grateful to my mother for insisting that I go and have my first mammogram. Today, I am doing my best to stay focused and move forward. I remain committed to my current client and projects."

Williams added that she is sharing the diagnosis in order to help other women, particularly young African American women.

"I am deeply concerned about the disparity between Caucasian women and women of color when it comes to being routinely tested," she said. "What about my sister who doesn't have health insurance; my sister who hasn't been educated about breast cancer and how early detection saves lives; and unfortunately, my sister who simply does not care? Collectively, we must do more."

Well-wishers who want to send cards or flowers to Williams while she is in the hospital, can send them to George Washington University Hospital c/o Natalie Williams, 900 23rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.