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Breast Cancer Support Program
Breast Cancer Support Center: The creation of a Center in our organization that will provide information on Breast Cancer and the development of a recruitment/training program from our staff member. To provide every year a free screening and mammogram test, and also financial assistant for all women with no insurance.
   
The creation of this program was inspired by my sister Arelis Parra who was diagnosed with a very aggressive Breast cancer when she was 33 years old.  At the time of her diagnosis she had an 8 month old daughter and no health insurance. Her tumor was removed and she received chemotherapy and radiology. A year later another tumor appeared and she went through the entire process again; surgery, chemotherapy and radiology. A few months later, another tumor was discovered.  This time her right breast was removed prior to the chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Her marriage did not survive this tragedy. Since the family did not have any more money to pay for the treatments, we started holding raffles, bingo games, dinner events, and anything else we could to raise enough money for her medical expenses.  A few years later she finally was able to have a breast reconstruction.  With God’s blessing, her inner strength and the dedication of her family, she is now a Breast Cancer survivor. Three of my Hispanic friends have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer also. Statistically, 1 out of every 6 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with this costly, life-threatening disease.
      
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.    It is considered a heterogeneous disease—differing by individual, age group, and even the kinds of cells within the tumors themselves. Obviously no woman wants to receive this diagnosis, but hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts, and finding hope.
      
Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women.
      
Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. The evaluation of men with breast masses is similar to that in women, including mammography. The key to survival is education, early detection, and proper treatment.  Unfortunately, all of these take money. Even those with health insurance may be under insured and risk losing their jobs and insurance due to the disease.
    
And, in the majority of cases, we cannot predict who it will strike next. That’s what we’re up against, my friend. And that’s why your support is SO important.
     
We invite you to partner with us as we make an impact in our community. You will also be helping our educational efforts to alert American and Migrant workers to the dangers of this disease and help those families already in its grip to cope with their struggles. Your generous help allows us to speed up our search to cure Breast Cancer disease. And when that happens, lives will be saved!
    
You are the key to making this a reality, we need your support. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Linda Parra
Founder/President