Memorial services were held this week for award-winning filmmaker Kelly Robin Hill-Greenwade, who died July 11 after a nearly year-long battle with triple-negative breast cancer. She was 45.

This is a rare form of cancer that most commonly affects African American women, who are three times more likely to develop the disease than White women.

Hill-Greenwade was a resident of Carson, a successful entrepreneur, screen and stage actress, motivational speaker, author (“Destined for Greatness: 12 Keys to an Extraordinary Life”) and a top sales manager for companies such as DirectTV and the Los Angeles Times.

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., the filmmaker graduated from Ohio State University, and in 2001 joined forces with Hugh Mitchell to direct the award-winning documentary “Daddy & Me,” which told the story of how fatherlessness impacts the 27 million American youth under age 18, who do not have a dad in the home.

Hill-Greenwade is survived by her husband of five years, Robert, her mother Cheryl Hill, brother Russell Eugene Hill II, half sisters Felyce and Yvonne Hill, stepdaughters Stefani, Marisa and Danielle Greenwade; as well as a host of relatives in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.