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Laredo Most cancers Society receives donation from native group

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It was an excellent day for the combat towards most cancers Tuesday as one most cancers group centered on breast most cancers donated a considerable sum of money to a different which battles most cancers regionally.

Webb County Treasurer Raul Reyes participated in a examine presentation for the quantity of $5,000 donated to the Laredo Most cancers Society Tuesday on the Billy Corridor Jr. Administrative Constructing rotunda. The cash was collected and bestowed on behalf of Reyes’ Stronger Collectively Breast Most cancers Basis.

“We had been so blessed with an awesome quantity of help throughout our Breast Most cancers Consciousness Stroll, not solely from the group but in addition from our enterprise companions who imagine within the work that the inspiration goes to have interaction in,” Reyes stated. “Our major mission for the Stronger Collectively Basis is to make sure that we offer sources and on the similar time help different organizations just like the Laredo Most cancers Society who’ve a direct affect on individuals’s lives financially.”

Reyes states that donating the cash to the Laredo Most cancers Society was an apparent selection contemplating the truth that the group helps lots of people. This help is extra than simply medical and cancer-related bills but in addition contains bills comparable to serving to sufferers with mortgage funds, transportation and different associated prices that medical health insurance won’t cowl.

The county treasurer stated the group was thrilled to obtain the help, as their efforts are ever-evolving. Most cancers stays a significant concern within the space and impacts individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

“Laredo Most cancers Society and Raul Reyes’ Stronger Collectively have been collaborating to offer monetary sources to native most cancers sufferers,” stated Xenia Camero, LCS board member. “Stronger Collectively hosted a fundraiser regionally on October 2022 by means of a 5k stroll/run. They collected $5,000 and generously donated this quantity to LCS. Each organizations work tirelessly to raised serve our group.”

Reyes additionally states that he understands the struggles that most cancers sufferers undergo on the subject of their funds, as they have to not solely proceed paying the every day issues that they owe or their payments but in addition take care of costly drugs and coverings that usually go away many with none financial savings.

“A few years in the past there was a time when my mother was left with out insurance coverage for nearly about two months, and through that point we had been clearly very scared as a result of that’s when she was first recognized with Stage 4 breast most cancers,” Reyes stated.

“The hormone medicine to deal with her most cancers and to maintain her alive and forestall it from spreading to different components of her physique in itself was about $16,000. Only for one medicine, so her story of her is only one of so many who endure so many issues with the well being care system, with entry to well being care. But when we’re capable of present by means of the inspiration some kind of help to organizations that really do an amazing job and have already got the inspiration established to assist sufferers, then that’s what we need to do.”

As the price of virtually every part has elevated not too long ago on account of inflation, Reyes stated he has little doubts that the value of cancer-related therapies have additionally gone up in latest months.

As for the first goal he has for his personal group, he stated it’s to assist carry to the Laredo and Webb County space a mammography cell unit that would journey across the whole county offering free mammograms to all girls. He additionally hopes to buy additionally a cell automobile that is ready to supply free transportation companies for most cancers sufferers to their radiation and chemotherapy appointments.

Reyes hopes that in his lifetime he is ready to see extra developments within the combat towards breast most cancers and different forms of most cancers, and hopefully in the future a basic remedy for all sorts of cancers.

“There are quite a few advances which have been made,” Reyes stated. “If detected early, the survival charges are extraordinarily excessive, and even individuals with Stage 4 metastatic breast most cancers they’re dwelling longer. Their prognoses of longevity and it’s greater than earlier than, and that’s due to the breakthroughs.

“I hope that we now have extra emphasis on analysis improvement to have the ability to discover a remedy. One can solely hope, and I’m actually optimistic, that in my lifetime we will lastly have a breakthrough for not simply breast most cancers however all forms of cancers.”

Reyes states that he’s glad of the work that he has finished together with his Stronger Collectively Basis, which he based alongside Cassandra Fuentes, who serves because the vp of the group.

In keeping with Reyes, the LCS is a volunteer-based group that was created in 2015 by Nancy Santos, who was newly recognized with breast most cancers. It started as an emotional help group and later grew into an unbiased, non-profit 501(c)(3) group. As a result of LCS is a volunteer based mostly group, it permits them to offer 100% of all funds raised on to sufferers and their households based mostly on want. Funds are primarily raised by means of particular person donations and native fundraising occasions.

LCS additionally offers direct monetary and emotional help to most cancers sufferers and their households in Laredo and its surrounding communities as they undergo their most cancers therapies. LCS offers sufferers with as much as $500 yearly. A few of the help they supply is with meals present playing cards, fuel present playing cards and rental and utility help. The group additionally help sufferers with medical co-pays and medical examination prices. LCS additionally fills a void by serving to to coordinate and help breast most cancers sufferers with their breast prosthetic wants.

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