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Coalition that helps Latin American women fight breast cancer to close

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On November 30, 2018, the coalition of Spanish women closes against cancer in Kansas City, Kansas.…

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On November 30, 2018, the coalition of Spanish women closes against cancer in Kansas City, Kansas.

For 18 years, the group gave Spanish and Latin women awareness of breast cancer and cervical cancer, screening and treatment. More than 200 women a month were served by the organization.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Latin American women. Board members said they agonized for months, examined the numbers, options for their customers and their financing challenges and decided to close.

Susan Garrett is a board member of the coalition.

“It has been a really tough decision to make one that was not easy at all,” said Garrett.

The coalition works with other organizations and clinics to provide the same services for its customers.

“And it is overall a positive for society, because there are now resources available in the society of Latin women in breast cancer and cervical screening and other things that did not exist before.”

Carmen Vasquez is one step 4 breast cancer survivors who live in Kansas City, Kansas. She said that she was diagnosed for several months because of her language barrier. Through an interpreter, Carmen explained that she turned to the Hispanic Women Against Cancer coalition for help, and then became a volunteer to empower her from iends and neighbors.

Every three weeks, for the rest of her life, Carmen will receive cancer treatments. She said she feels good and life is usually back. She said, despite the closure of the coalition, she continued volunteering.

“I’m very sorry, the coalition closes. I would like to look for another organization and help other people, because when you start with cancer, diagnose cancer, do you have many questions,” says Carmen.

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