Our Grants in Mexico
Guest post from Catherine Oliveros, Regional Director of International, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
I find myself this week in Monterrey, Mexico – a city recovering from the destruction caused by hurricane Alex a couple years back and where the daily threat of criminal warfare is an ever present reality. And yet the city is bustling with activity and growth – filled with American enterprise and resilient citizens, moving on with their lives and finding ways to make a difference. I met yesterday with four amazing survivors from a small NGO called Unidas Contigo or United with You. Unidas Contigo was started in 2003 by a group of breast cancer survivors , whose mission is to create opportunities for women so that women in their community are educated on breast self awareness and have access to resources available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These beautiful women, one of which is scheduled to start a round of radiation tomorrow, sat around in a circle and shared stories of their families, their disease, and their community. We laughed and then we cried, as the most recently diagnosed survivor shared how as a volunteer with the group she had just finished an education video on breast self awareness as part of a community project when two weeks later she was told she had breast cancer. Despite her illness she has not slowed down and she continues to volunteer her time and energy to the education efforts of the group. Inspirational.
Today we announce the Caterpillar grantees at a press conference hosted at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences ITESM and later we will host a roundtable where the Minister of Health from Nuevo Leon will be part of the discussion on the state of breast cancer in Monterrey. We will be joined by our friends from Caterpillar Mexico and expect to have a wonderful dialogue that will set the stage for the work we will pursue in the next couple of years.
Stay tuned – I will be reporting on today’s events soon.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.