Sánchez Holds Cancer Awareness Fair

November 20, 2003
Press Release
FLORENCE-GRAHAM - On Saturday, November 15th 2003, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez welcomed area residents to the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center for a Cancer Awareness Fair. Presented in cooperation with Roosevelt Park and the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Awareness Fair gave participants the opportunity to receive free cancer screenings and preventive health care advice from professional medical personnel.

“I organized a Cancer Awareness Fair because I wanted to make sure that men and women in our community had the chance to get important information on preventing this terrible disease,” said Congresswoman Linda Sánchez.

Over 150 members of the community took advantage of the free screenings offered by Saint Frances Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and several other organizations. While spaces for the breast, ovarian, skin and lung cancer screenings filled up quickly, everyone who wanted one was able to receive a test. In addition, participants were able to test their blood pressure, glucose levels, and compatibility as a bone marrow donor.

To highlight the importance of the screenings available at the Cancer Awareness Fair, Mrs. Martha Rivera, a woman who has battled leukemia for three years, shared her experience living with cancer and emphasized the importance of early detection.

“Cancer is a disease that can cause devastating loss and heartbreak to families. If there is one thing I hope everyone takes from this event is that early detection saves lives,” said Sánchez.

Sánchez thanked all of the participating organizations, staff and volunteers for helping to make the Cancer Awareness Fair a success. Their support and commitment helped to promote awareness of the tools available to the community to detect and prevent cancer.