Deanna Dawkins

Mother, employee of NC Public schools

In 2017, Deanna learned she was pregnant and was approved for Medicaid. After losing her still-born son, she lost her health coverage. Once employed with the school system, she acquired health coverage and the ability to see a doctor again—only to receive a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. After undergoing 8 months of intensive chemotherapy, she died in 2020.