The Cancer de Mama Clinic is an exciting and important event which happens each February in La Penita. Over 100 volunteers (primarily but not solely women), contribute their time, energy and financial support at our three-day Clinic, where Mexican breast cancer survivors are provided with free breast form prosthetics and bras following mastectomy. In addition, some of out trained volunteers provide very specific support and supplies to women who have developed lymphedema following their surgery. As supplies allow, we also offer wigs, summer hats and scarves to the over 500 women who visit the Clinic each year. While women wait for their private prosthetic fitting, we offer an exercise class and makeup application as well as a nutritious lunch.
The Cancer de Mama Clinic also funds a Survivor Program, assisting women in need with some of the added costs surrounding breast cancer treatment. We help these women pay for such things as transportation to and accommodation at treatment centres throughout the state where they receive their chemo and radiation therapies. Money is also available to help with drugs not covered by their government e.g. drugs for treatment side effects like nausea and/or pain.
For many years, the Clinic was run out of the La Penita RV Park. However, wanting to be more deeply embedded in the Mexican community, in 2016 the Clinic successfully transitioned into its new home at the La Penita Senior Centre.
Throughout the weekend, while the Clinic is taking place inside the Seniors Centre, outside we host a small Tiangus (street market). Here we offer our ladies the opportunity to shop, at very rock-bottom prices! We’re always in need of new and gently-used items to sell. We count on donations of summer clothing, hats and scarves, jewelry, sandals and shawls (both lightweight and heavier for women who live at higher altitudes) – anything really that women everywhere might like to shop for! Like most of us, these women often shop for their families, so donations don’t need to before women only! We accept children’s and men’s clothing as well. If you’re interested in donating some things to our little Tiangus, please send us an email for details!
Since its inception in 1996, the Clinic has been funded entirely on donations. Financial support is always needed and deeply appreciated by the hundreds of very grateful women who receive our services. For further information, please check out our website – www.cancerdemamaclinic.com. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you.