The initiative will see a specifically adapted bra given to every woman who has undergone a mastectomy
Today, Wednesday May 16th, the president of the Walk for Life foundation, Brigitte Gypen, presented the BRA project to the Adeje health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, with which a new specially adapted bra will be donated to every women who needs to undergo a mastectomy.
Gypen says, “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”.
Amada Trujillo Bencomo pointed out that “the council has always been ready to offer and improve services which impact directly on the quality of life of individuals. To that end we have improved the integral service to ontology patients on offer, a preventative lymphedema diagnostic service, a transport option for patients who need treatment in hospitals and a water-based programme to help prevent lymphedema. All of these services are in partnership with the Spanish Cancer Association with whom we have worked closely over the years”.
One 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 1,132 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the Canary Islands in 2017, an increase over the numbers for 2016. The BRA project was born out of this reality, and works to meet a real and existing need, to give these women who have had a mastectomy something that is essential to their recovery.
All help welcome
Solidarity is one of the fundamental pillars of the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation. To make the BRA project a reality funds are needed for the acquisition of these adapted bras, the campaign administration, promotion and letting people know about the project, delivery of the bras, etc.
The Foundation can depend on a number of donations that have been received from various sponsors and other individuals, and are also happy to accept more voluntary (and anonymous if so desired) donations. Brigitte Gypen assures 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”.
Fundación Canaria Carrera por la Vida/Walk for Life
This 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 solidarity 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 better work with the associations in their fight against cancer, and helping them help sufferers and their families. There must also be a better level of investigation to fight cancer, something essential, and 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 tumour mutations), now a reality in treating some forms of cancer.
From now on the Carrera por la Vida-Walk for Life Foundation can do more and contribute more, organise more activities, help more people, and thus continue to make a difference.
Department of Communications