Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Announces Multicultural Health Forum in Milford on March 29
Beth Berger, Communications Director
MILFORD, DE (February 17, 2014)—The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC), with support from the Arsht Cannon Fund, Highmark Delaware, Hoy en Delaware, and La Exitosa 930 AM, is proud to announce the next ¡VIDA!™ Multicultural Breast Health Forum will take place at the Multicultural Church and Community Center in Milford on Saturday, March 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program will be free and open to the public. The timing of the forum allows community members to stop by at any point to learn about healthy living, community programs, and get to know staff members from the breast cancer coalition and other partner organizations.
¡VIDA!™ is a multicultural event focused on breast cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship. It began in 2011 as a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational event that has grown to include all backgrounds and ethnicities, and offers programs to men, women, and children.
The spring forum will feature free health screenings, information about breast health, and vendors from various nonprofit, health, business, and media organizations. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and goody bags will be available for the first 200 women to arrive. Food will be provided throughout the day to all attendees, along with door prizes. Pre-registration for the event is not required but you must call 1-888-672-9647 to register for a mammogram. A kid’s corner will be available for children of all ages including a puppet show and children’s activities.
Cheryl Doucette, Outreach and Education Program Manager for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition in Kent County said, “We are excited with how dynamic ¡VIDA!™ has become. We have held successful forums in all three counties and we can reach even more communities to share our message of breast health and ending breast cancer.” Over 50 community members participated in the Kent County ¡VIDA!™ last November and many received oral exams, clinical breast exams, and HIV testing. A future ¡VIDA!™ is set for Saturday, April 12 in New Castle County with more information to be announced soon.
The Multicultural church is located at 105 North East Front Street in Milford and under the leadership of Pastor Richard Portalatin. The State of Delaware’s Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van will be on-site to provide screening mammograms (with a prescription from a doctor). There will also be free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes testing, clinical breast exams, and information available for obesity, and surgical weight loss. Please contact Cheryl Doucette at 302-672-6435 for additional information.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.