Marching with a Mission: Breast Cancer Awareness in Honduras
To culminate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members from our Adelante team joined in the National Committee of Breast Cancer Prevention sponsored “Marcha Rosa,” or Pink March, this past Friday.
Yesmi Castro, Adelante’s Human Talent Coordinator, who leads our health education program, stated, “we as Adelante Foundation constituents know that part of our mission is to improve the quality of women’s lives, and for this we represent the fight that entrepreneurial women in our society face daily.”
The rally set off from La Ceiba’s Banderas Park, where a crowd of health organization representatives, high school marching bands, survivors, and community members gathered. Pink balloons and ribbons scattered the scene of supporters of all walks of life as we marched toward the city’s Central Park.
I was pleasantly surprised to run into Adelante client Rosa! She was determined to make an appearance at the event to support cancer survivors. Her assembly group just covered a breast cancer prevention education unit last month, so Rosa was well informed to advocate for the cause.
Adelante’s Management Assistant, Ana Hernandez, gave her thoughts on the march. She was excited that this October we started our first events to kick off our staff social justice project. Earlier this month we participated in the 11K run for children’s cancer. Ana expressed her hopes to participate in many more activities to give back to the community in the future.
Ana was happy to discover that the atmosphere of the march was a fun and positive one.
She stated, “When you think of cancer, you often think of suffering, but at this march there were bright colors and a carnival feel. It gives hope to people. Your life isn’t over… there is hope for a cure and to become healthy again.”
Health care professionals advise that, starting at age 20, all women should conduct a monthly self-exam. For more information, here are some helpful links on the disease and prevention:
By raising breast cancer awareness, we can ensure that women throughout Honduras- and the world- live healthy, productive lives.