College of Education grad supports cancer patients and their families with nonprofit – Jagwire

As Augusta University’s annual Alumni Weekend approaches, the university is celebrating alumni entrepreneurs. Marquitta Rucker, a 2012 graduate of the College of Education, is the founder of Servants with a Testimony, a nonprofit organization that educates, elevates and empowers those in the community impacted by cancer.

Tell us about your business.

SWAT Foundation was created in honor of my mother, who passed from multiple myeloma cancer. I felt it was my responsibility to continue her legacy. I was able to turn pain into purpose. 

We have several programs. Our educational program hosts back-to-school events annually in Elberton, Augusta and the surrounding areas. To date, we have served over 12,000 families. 

Our health and wellness programs include two things. First is our annual health fair. We have served over 2,000 families. We also have the Pink Ribbon Event, an annual elegant celebration for those impacted by cancer, including current patients, survivors and caregivers. 

Our community outreach program is one of my favorites. We host an annual Winter Wonderland Celebration. We provide winter essentials for families all over the CSRA. We’ve served over 3,000 families with toys, blankets, coats, hats, gloves and scarves

What struggles have you overcome while being an entrepreneur?

My hardest struggle has been spreading myself too thin and competition for resources in this area. 

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