In addition to her pioneering work in alternatives, Ms. Ricks is a recognized advocate for access to healthcare. Since her diagnosis with breast cancer and the debut of her HBO documentary, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, she has given over 100 keynote addresses to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, financial service conferences, government and non-profit organizations in the US and abroad.
House of Representatives House Cancer Caucas
Screening of "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks" October 2011
The Pink Party
The Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Breast Cancer Summit 2018
Heroes Breakfast 2007
Eli Lilly Corporate Headquarters
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University of Florida Alumni Hall of Fame, College of Health & Human Performance April 2016
Patients of Courage Award,Triumph Over Adversity
The Greg Wolf Fund Honoree June 2013
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation 2013 Annual Fundraiser Honoree
AAngels NJ 2013 AAngelsNJ Honoree
"For your strength and courage as a survivor and your commitment to the Cynthia's of the world"
Hearts of Gold Annual Fundraiser 2005
"For outstanding support to our mission to enhance the lives of New York City's homeless mothers and their young children"
Livestrong Day, Ralph Lauren Cancer Center Honoree 2008
Alliance for Smiles September 2007
"For giving smiles to 108 children in Harbin, China"
CANCERforward 2012 Honorary Forward Mover