A beautiful breast cancer quilt was donated to ¡Vida! The Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference and to the Arizona Cancer Center.
El Pueblo Community Center representatives Richard Barker and Maria Cardenas presented the quilt to Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, in gratitude for the health education brought to their community. Quilt designers and members of El Pueblo Senior Group Connie Stephens, Mariana Dodson, Sheryl Tobin, Bette Gustafson, Wanda Pinter, Betty Holnback and Paula Islas, created the quilt and were moved by the many lives touched by cancer in their own community.
¡Vida! The Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference is initiated by Dr. Lopez, associate dean of outreach and multicultural affairs and professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center.
This annual meeting is designed to deliver health education to the Latino community in Southern Arizona. The event is a free bilingual Spanish/English educational workshop on breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Now in its fifth year ¡Vida! has grown from a small group of 50 participants to more than 200 participants including more than 50 Latina breast cancer survivors.
The conference planning committee is an interprofessional group composed with key individuals from the community as well as program coordinators from the university and this group has been instrumental in designing the meeting’s presentations and event advertisement in the community. The topics selected for the conference have included a variety of multidisciplinary presentations such as risk factors for breast cancer, hereditary breast cancer, body image, lymphedema and breast cancer pain among others. ¡Vida! conference has been adopted by the community as one of their own with sharing of mariachi, children’s folklorico’s groups, community art work and great food.
The conference is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.