Karmo is the founder of The Tigerlily Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit she created while battling breast cancer to promote cancer education in women under 40. What is the biggest misconception about breast cancer?

That woman under 40 don't get affected.

What should every woman be doing?

Being her best advocate, which includes knowing her body, speaking up for her health, and having healthy lifestyle practices.

Why is it called Tigerlily?

Lilies never die. When you go into treatment, you lose your hair, your breasts and maybe your ability to have children -- you lose your petals. ... The point is to remind woman they are still beautiful and strong.

Who is your inspiration?

My daughter [Noelle], she just turned 8. She was 3 years old when I was diagnosed. If it hadn't been for her and my mother, I don't know if I'd be here today.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Working to support [Rep.] Debbie Wasserman Schultz and being a key part in getting the breast cancer EARLY Act passed. I actually just left her office. We got a bill passed that is going to create nationwide education for young women.

What's the most exciting thing Tigerlily has allowed you to do?

Create my dream. My dream is a world where women don't die before they get a chance to start their life. We have women come to our events and get an examination. We send women meals ... and keep their utilities on while they are in treatment. Some women who we've supported have died from breast cancer, and we were able to help their families. These people become friends. It's not a business for me, it's my heart. One of the girls we helped that became a friend passed away in October. ... She fought so hard to be part of the cause. She was there when we made our presentation on Capital Hill.

Caitlin Byrnes