GEORGETOWN, DE (March 30, 2012)—This past Saturday over 250 community members participated in the Second Annual VIDA!™ Latina Breast Health Forum sponsored by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC). This free event was held at the Grace United Methodist Church and educated participants about breast cancer screenings, treatment and survivorship.
The forum, which was presented in Spanish, was not just for women as it included information about prostate cancer and general health.
Adelia Marroquin-Jerez spoke at the event about her breast health journey that started at last year’s VIDA!™ conference. Other speakers included Sunny Villafañe of DBCC who spoke about breast health and breast cancer and Eli Valenzuela who spoke about prostate cancer.
The event included a free lunch for all attendees which was donated by La Tonalteca. Free health screenings for skin cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and osteoporosis were available. The Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van provided screenings mammograms for women who made appointments for that day.
The event was sponsored by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, La Tonalteca, Maxima 900 AM Radio, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Grace United Methodist Church, and Beebe Medical Center.
“We are very happy with the response to our 2nd Annual VIDA! Latina Breast Health Forum held in Georgetown,” said DBCC Program Manger Cheryl Doucette. “This is a great way for members of the community to have access to much needed screenings and information concerning their health.”
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to
create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials.