Mary Jackson Scroggins, MA, a 20-year ovarian cancer survivor and health activist, is a writer, producer, and founding partner in Pinkie Hugs, LLC—a mother-daughter writing and film production firm specializing in social justice-focused documentaries. She is also a co-founder of In My Sister’s Care, an organization focused on improving gynecologic cancer awareness and care for medically underserved women and on eliminating health disparities. The recipient of the 2016 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award, Ms. Scroggins is a member of the Executive Committee for the “Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers,” an international movement to spread gynecologic cancer awareness and save women’s lives; the Leadership Committee for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “Women’s Cancer Moon Shots Program;” and NCI’s Cancer Prevention and Control Central IRB and its Investigational Drug Steering Committee. Her activism is driven by a commitment health equity.
In keeping with her interest in global health, Ms. Scroggins was a member of the Working Group to Facilitate International Cooperation on Non-commercial Clinical Trials of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and is a member of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer. She has visited hospitals and spent time in an HIV/AIDS collective in Kenya, planted trees on the Maasai Mara “in honor of all cancer survivors,” and visited a cervical cancer screening project housed in renovated freight containers in Khayelitsha—a South African township of perhaps half a million residents, most living in corrugated iron lean-tos.
An eclectic writer and seasoned editor, Ms. Scroggins publishes articles on topics such as cancer survivorship, health disparities, and education and fiction infused with social justice issues. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Cancer Today. Ms. Scroggins’ has a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.