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Mary Scroggins, M.A.

Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, M.A.

Pinkie Hugs, LLC; In My Sister’s Care

Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, 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. Her activism is driven by a commitment to health equity.

The recipient of the 2016 American Association of Cancer Researchers’ Distinguished Public Service Award, Scroggins is a member of the executive committee of the “Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers,” the leadership committee for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “Women’s Cancer Moon Shots Program,” and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Prevention and Control Central Institutional Review Board and its Investigational Drug Steering Committee.

Previously, Mary was a member of the President’s National Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Working Group on Precision Prevention and Early Detection, the NCI’s Director’s Consumer Liaison Group and its Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee, of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Board of Directors, and of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research. She was also a faculty member of the annual AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, a co-chair of NCI’s Patient Advocate Steering Committee, and a peer reviewer and integration panel member for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

An eclectic writer with a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University, Mary publishes articles on topics such as cancer survivorship, health disparities, and education and fiction infused with social justice issues.