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“Doctor Radio Reports: The Education of Dee Dee Ricks” to air on SiriusXM


Sirius XM Radio announced today that it will air a special edition of award-winning newswoman Perri Peltz’s weekly SiriusXM show Doctor Radio Reports on which she invites listeners nationwide on a behind-the-scenes look at The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, the HBO documentary she directed featuring 39-year old Dee Dee Ricks and her tumultuous journey through breast cancer treatment.

During her journey, Ricks meets Cynthia Dodson, an uninsured Stage 4 cancer patient from Harlem. The Education of Dee Dee Ricks follows Ricks and Dodson—each from distinctly different backgrounds—as they face their arduous journey together and rely on each other for support. Rick’s unlikely bond with Dodson flourishes through the film, and she watches her friend suffer from lack of resources. As a result of this emotional and frustrating battle, Ricks made it her priority to raise funds to aid cancer patients who are financially disadvantaged, helping raise millions of dollars to help uninsured women get the treatment they desperately need.

Doctor Radio Reports: The Education of Dee Dee Ricks airs October 29 at 6:00 pm and October 30 at 8:00 pm (all times ET) on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM channel 81.

Along with film producer Lisa Cohen and Harold P. Freeman, MD, President and Founder of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Instituteand Founder of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, Ricks speaks openly with Peltz on the show about the many challenges she faced during and after her battle with cancer, from losing her hair to the sticker shock of the medical bills, and the overriding fear of not seeing her own children grow up.

The Education of Dee Dee Ricks debuted October 27 on HBO, with encore presentations airing October 30 at 5:30 pm, November 2 at 8:30 am,November 5 at 10:45 am, November 8 at 12:15 pm, November 18 at 4:00 pm and November 21 at 10:00 pm. It will air on HBO2 on November 2 at8:00 pm and November 13 at 3:30 pm.

On Doctor Radio Reports: The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, Dr. Freeman and Cohen provide insightful behind-the-scenes commentary regarding the film and put real faces to the plight of uninsured and underinsured women suffering from breast cancer. His mission: to help women find treatment, no matter their station in life. As Dr. Freeman say, “…poverty is not an offense that is punishable by death.”

Here are some of the sobering statistics:

1 out of 6 Americans do not have insurance.
20 of every 100 women biopsied have cancer.
The number one cause of bankruptcy in America is paying medical bills.
An African-American woman is 6-8 times more likely to die from breast cancer than a white woman.

Doctor Radio features live, call-in shows hosted by leading NYU Langone Medical Center doctors from a vast array of fields including child psychology and psychiatry, sexual health, plastic surgery, emergency room medicine, cancer, heart health, women’s health, dermatology, pediatrics, men’s health, diet and nutrition, sports medicine, psychiatry and more.

Visit http://www.siriusxm.com/doctorradio and www.hbo.com for more information.