Participants of ¡Celebremos la Vida!, a cancer screening education program for underserved Hispanic women, funded by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, will be back for the 5K Walk/Run this year to encourage a healthy lifestyle within their community. They’ve participated for the last two years to raise awareness and funding for cancer prevention and early detection. They see the 5K as a great extension of their program- a day to encourage exercise and healthy eating all while learning more about preventing cancer.
For 21 years, the Celebremos program has provided free breast and cervical cancer education and screening in culturally appropriate and nurturing settings to medically underserved Hispanic women in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Since its inception, the Celebremos program has provided nearly 10,400 mammograms, more than 8,700 Pap tests and has arranged treatment for 52 women who were diagnosed with cancer during these screenings.
Celebremos participants will be back at Nationals Park on Sunday, October 4, to spread the message of cancer prevention and early detection to their community. Patient Navigator Dorys Peraza commented that “The patients are very humbled to be able to participate in something bigger that will help save lives.” The 5K provides information about important screenings. A Celebremos participant said, “People from our community don’t usually do things like this, and they wish they could participate in more events that focus on health and exercise. This helps us create habits to improve our health.” The women and their family members are excited to participate in events focused on developing healthy habits.
Join the Celebremos team at the 5K for a great day exercising and learning about cancer prevention at our health fair. There will be flu shots, skin cancer screenings, games, snacks and more- register today!