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Monday 11, December 2017

1 in every 8 women will suffer from breast cancer.

That’s according to the cancer observation unit of the AECC, the Spanish Association against Cancer, and who have reported that 1132 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the Canary Islands in 2017, an increase over the numbers for 2016.

Breast cancer is an illness that affects many women, though there are cases of men who will also have breast cancer, but the numbers presenting are much smaller.  In Tenerife every year over 300 women will undergo a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer.  These women are of every age and background.  And the most worrying isn’t the statistic but the incidence of this illness in young women, a figure that is growing annually.

To ensure a rapid recover, particularly after such a invasive procedure such as a mastectomy, one of the important elements to take into consideration is the use of a bra following the operation, one that is made to fit each patient, made from a particular material that isn’t abrasive, that closes in front, is comfortable and can be adapted to suit the needs of each woman.
These special bras are essential for those women who have been affected by breast cancer, but unfortunately are quite expensive and there are women who simply can’t afford to buy them.   In fact many women who have overcome breast cancer have donated their bras to other women, demonstrating the kind of solidarity that is common in this situation.  These donations are made possible through the AECC the Spanish Cancer Association. This organization has been helping people for many years to pass on these bras for those who need them.
Even though these solidarity gestures will continue to be there as an alternative, the BRA project has evolved precisely to help every woman who has had a mastectomy to have a bra that is especially made to help meet her needs.  The initiative was born following the many testimonies of women who use The Pink Room, and we want to help in this.

Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation will gift a post-mastectomy bra (with a base for a prosthetic breast) to every woman affected.  This will be a new bra specifically for each woman, to her measurements as we firmly believe that any woman who has had to undergo such a massive operation has the right to receive, in a dignified manner, a new undergarment fitted to her needs.
This action is undertaken in conjunction with the AECC, medical centres and hospitals, to guarantee the highest quality and efficiency.

An informative flyer is being prepared which will be on display in all the above-mentioned centres to reach every woman affected in Tenerife – whether she is part of an association or not – to let her know she can count on the Foundation and request her first bra cost-free.

How will we do this?

An information flyer is being prepared which will be available in all relevant zones and centres for all woman affected, whether she belongs to any of the  associations committed to fighting breast cancer or not.  She simply contacts the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation to request her first post-op bra.
Flyers will also be sent to hospitals, medical centres, cancer associations, etc.  What we are working to achieve is to ensure that the correct information reaches everyone who needs it.
Another way of contacting the Foundation would be via the doctors or medical centres who can help put their patients in touch with us directly to take advantage of the BRA project.  People also use social networks through the webpage www.carreraporlavida.org, etc.  In this way we hope to ensure that every woman can have direct access to a product that will improve their quality of life after the operation.
Every case will be treated with the maximum discretion and all dealings with individuals come under the law governing the protection of data.

How can you help us?

Solidarity is one of the fundamental pillars of the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation.  To make the BRA project a reality we will need money to fund the acquisition of these adapted post-mastectomy bras, for the campaign administration, personal delivery of the bras, etc.
Fortunately the Foundation can depend on a number of donations that have been received from various sponsors and other individuals, but we are also happy to accept more voluntary (and anonymous if so desired) donations.  We would also like to point out that any monies given to the Foundation are used strictly and only in the fight against cancer and legally declared to the state, and anyone can check to see that all donations are properly registered.  And in the same way donations can also be treated as tax deductions.
Another source of finance for the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation is from sales of the calendar which this year features the work of 12 professional photographers.

 FOUNDATION WALK FOR LIFE:

Walk for Life is a solidarity initiative which works, on one hand, to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in breast cancer and on the other hand is there to meet the needs and demands of people affected by breast cancer and their families.
This pink movement has now been 13 years in existence, raising awareness and funds which are given to relevant associations, service providers, assisting research and investigations into improving the quality of life of those affected by this illness and ways to improve their recovery, both physical and psychological in as short a time as possible.
What started out 13 years ago as a one-off solidarity walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has grown over the years and is one of the biggest solidarity events in the south of the island with almost 5,000 people taking part last year.

Recently the movement became a Foundation, and in this way we can work better with the associations in our fight against cancer, and helping those affected and their families.  There must also be a better level of investigation to fight cancer, something essential, and that is the main reason funds are going towards projects that are exploring liquid biopsy of cancer (a new technology which is faster and less invasive for the analysis of tumor mutations), now a reality in treating some forms of cancer.
From now on Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation can do more and contribute more, organize more activities, help more people, and thus continue to make a difference.
To make all of this happen we need your help.  “WE REALLY NEED YOU”.

The people behind the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation are waiting to hear from you!

Contact: info@carreraporlavida.org
Tfno:  629111856 / 646961895

Each case will be treated with total discretion and all dealings according the current Data Protection Law.