Karen Y. Hall
Founder & CEO
"I've been where you are. Let me help you move to where I am and beyond."
Karen is a 2x cancer survivor, mother, caregiver, advocate, volunteer and former Health Care Ministry Director. In her healing journey, she received the vision, purpose, and mission to design an organization that supports individuals impacted with health challenges. She regularly attends seminars, workshops and outreach events in the health care and wellness industry to expanding her knowledge and community networking.
Cancer Support Team, Inc. founded August 2019 is a non-profit corporation for educational information; charitable purposes; guidance and support. Our purpose is to offer cancer support and address health disparities in the black and brown communities through education, outreach, comfort bags, wigs, and resource assistance. We facilitate two monthly support group meetings for cancer survivors and caregivers, along with virtual one-on-one support.
Cancer Support Team’s mission is to empower encourage and inspire cancer patients, survivors and caregivers impacted by cancer. Our team has the heart to serve, a love for people, and a willingness to give of ourselves. We are compassionate, humble and respectful of a person’s privacy.
Professionally, Karen obtained an Associate Degree in Administration, Certified Sr. Project Administrator, numerous honors, awards and recognitions. Her positions included Regional Administrative Manager, IT second tier support, Trainer of Financial Systems, Sr. Project Administrator for multi-million-dollar contracts, System and Application Specialist.
As a member of Christ Universal Temple, Karen served as a Board member, Prayer Minister, financial reporting on the Capital Fundraising Project, Licensed UFBL Teacher, JCI staff member, and the Health Care Ministry Director.
Karen is a member of Illinois Cancer Partnership Prevention Work Group, developing the 2022-2027 Cancer Plan. Cancer Treatments of America, Inc. and Our Journey of Hope, an educational outreach program providing support and materials to implement a local cancer ministry. American Cancer Society Reach to Recover provide techniques on communicating and supporting newly diagnosed cancer patients, wig boutique, outreach volunteer, and survivor speaker. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network advocate, bringing awareness to legislators for their support on cancer related bills and funding. University of Chicago’s SHARE program teaching techniques, information and awareness on Dementia facilitation and support. Gilda’s Club of Chicago outreach and survivor speaker, and an Equal Hope (formerly Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force) advocate.
Karen loves sharing her journey and knowledge. Karen’s survivor story was featured on American Cancer Society’s website, Gilda’s Club of Chicago website, she was the recipient of the Volunteer Appreciation Month, and presented to their Board of Directors.
Karen collaborated with Cancer A Love (Yourself) Story Podcast Guest Speaker; UC Breast Cancer Awareness Community Panelist; Radio 95.1 On the Red Carpet with Ken Bedford; Advocate Ladies Night Think Pink; NCC Bible Study for Breast Cancer Awareness; Senator Durbin’s Affordable Care Act Conference; co-host of Black Women Speak; Warriors Talk with Lady ReShell; Dolton Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast; Salem Heart to Heart Ministry; Luster Hair Products; Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce; Avon Luncheon; Church of our Savior; Free Salvation Missionary Baptist Church “100 Women in Red” Program”; Taking Initiative to Nurture and Assist with Survival (T.I.N.A.S.); Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff; and Black Expo Survivor Panelist.
Karen supports and participate in UC Breast Studies Community Collaboration; Breakfast4CEOs, For Every Woman (F.E.W.) Bible Study; Gilda’s Thankful Thursday; Partners of Faith and Health Network; Apostolic Breast Cancer Support Group; Black Health Matters; Chasing Cans for Cancer; Sisters of Hope; and Matters at Heart.