2013 CANCER DE MAMA CLINIC
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who worked so long and so hard to help make this year’s clinic such a wonderful event. I know the countless hours dedicated to this project were well rewarded this weekend. We helped make 567 ladies feel proud, we offered them care, compassion and understanding. It does not matter what language we speak, what color our skin or how much we have we are all women; this could happen to anyone of us.
To the men who added many volunteer hours to this clinic Thank You for understanding the value that we have placed on our ability to help those not as fortunate as ourselves. Knowing that our husbands, brothers, fathers and sons support us in our clinic work is very important, not all of these ladies have that support system.
So Ladies and Gentlemen Thank You for your countless hours, your tears, your compassion, your laughter, sore muscles, tired feet we did a great job and should be proud of ourselves.
Cancer de Mama Clinic Supervisor
CANCER DE MAMA REPORT ….from Holly Trujillo
The images are still fresh in our minds, and the emotion has not faded away; we want to share once again about this incredible labor of love, which took place over three days this past weekend, where dignity and wholeness was returned to 556 women.
The Cancer de Mama Clinic (Breast Cancer Clinic) takes place annually at the La Penita RV Park, La Penita, Nayarit, Mexico. The Clinic is a work of love, started by a Canadian breast cancer survivor in 1996. In the early years, Jackie provided prostheses and bras out of her home, only being able to serve a limited amount of women. The Clinic’s location was changed to the RV Park in 2009, where with additional space and over 250 volunteers, it has mushroomed in size. From displaying prostheses and bras on her bed, to a clubhouse transformed into dressing rooms and storage areas for bras and prostheses, the Clinic was able to serve one hundred more women than last year. This year, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Jackie, the woman behind this healing force for survivors of breast cancer.
In addition to prosthetic bras and prostheses, the women can also receive wigs, scarves, hats, plus shop at the free store for clothes and accesories. Prostheses are not only very expensive, but largely unavailable for the average Mexican woman. The tears of joy at seeing themselves once again whole, are images not easily erased from our minds.
I have worked as a translator in the Clubhouse ( where the dressing rooms are located) these past four years; Jeff works in the poolside kitchen, helping to serve the daily lunch. He now has the distinction of being an expert tortilla roller. I also translate thank you cards, which the women have written, expressing their gratitude for the Clinic, the Volunteers, los regalos (the gifts) and most of all to God. I would say almost 80% of the cards, express a gratitude to God. We admire so very much the strength, determination and gratitude demonstrated by these women who have endured so very much. A local doctor once told me, “the women of Mexico are three time losers with breast cancer; they lose their breasts, their hair and many times their husbands.” Unlike developed countries, breast cancer still holds a stigma here in Mexico. We received hugs, kisses and “que dios te bendiga” (may God bless you), from so many women.
In closing, we would like to share a few women’s words of gratitude to the Clinic:
“Hello. I want to thank you from all of my heart, that there is a great and powerful God, who moves all hearts. I give thanks to God and you for supporting us, those who have this type of disease. You are a strength and aid to us, so we can move ahead. Like everyone, a thousand thanks”.
“Thank you for making possible our dream of feeling complete once again. I don’t have have words to pay you for all you have done for the women, who are passing through this terrible disease. But thank you and your good hearts. May God take care of and protect you always.”
“Thank you my father, for sending us angels to this earth to aid us. Watch over them my father, wherever they go”
As these women, may your hearts be filled with gratitude today.
STATE PROVINCIAL AND COUNTRY PINS – Brian Vickers
During the Cancer de Mama days, I give out a lot of Canadian and B.C. pins to the Mexican ladies. These are allotted ( 20 at a time),free of charge from both of my Provincial and Federal ministers offices. As you know, we had 567 ladies this year, and I cannot get that many. I am appealing to both the Canadian and American residents to bring State, Provincial and Country pins for next year. This way, all the ladies will get one.
Many thanks, Brian. site 21
CANCER DE MAMA IN PICTURES
THE FINAL TRANSFORMATION….