This year, LatinaSHARE celebrated our 20th anniversary! For two decades, we've been providing vital assistance to Latinas facing breast and ovarian cancers.
We marked our anniversary at our annual Celebration of Life in April 2014.
Even in our 20th year, LatinaSHARE had a year of firsts. Check out some of the great things LatinaSHARE did in 2014.
LatinaSHARE was selected to be part of a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an organization authorized by Congress through the Affordable Care Act. This is a huge honor, and it allows us to participate in research that includes patients and caregivers. We're collaborating with Georgetown University, Nueva Vida, Latinas Contra Cancer, and Gilda's Club. LatinaSHARE's Olympia Cepeda-Cotto is the Research Associate, LatinaSHARE Co-Director Jennie Santiago is the Project Manager/Interventionist, and SHARE Senior Program Director Ivis Febus-Sampayo is the SHARE site Principal Investigator (she's pictured here presenting a poster for the initiative at the Society for Integrative Oncology).
LatinaSHARE had our first networking event for people facing these diseases, giving them a chance to meet one another in a social setting, enjoying food and camaraderie. The event happened at Uncle Peter's Restaurant in Queens, 25 people attended, and we had a great time!
LatinaSHARE hosted our first Spanish-language webinar, "El Cancer de Seno y Ovario en la Comunidad Latina," featuring Dr. Fernando Camacho, Director of the Community Oncology Program at Montefiore Hospital, and LatinaSHARE co-Director Maria Estrella as moderator. If you missed it, check out the recording here!
LatinaSHARE created a beautiful, colorful, full Spanish-language brochure highlighting our services. Email
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LatinaSHARE started a new support group for Spanish-speaking women in Brooklyn, adding to our existing groups in Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens.
So we had a great 20th year at LatinaSHARE, expanding our work beyond our existing services, which include support groups, educational programs, helpline support, and a Survivor Patient Navigator program at Bellevue and Mt. Sinai St. Luke's hospitals. And most important, we continued to expand the community we've built to help Latinas get and give support, share the difficulties of these diseases, and celebrate life despite its challenges. That's what LatinaSHARE is all about!
We're so thankful for each and every member of our community, and we look forward to the next 20 years!