CANCER PREVENTION GRANT. Maria Wolfinbarger (3rd from right), Gina Robles-Solon and Gary Butler, presidents of Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan, Ang Bisaya of Michigan and Far East Nurses and Allied Professionals Association, respectively, pose for photographers together with FILAMCCO President Rosario, Treasurer Bert Reginaldo and Professor Tsu-Yin Wu shortly after the three organizations were announced as recipients of grants for breast-cancer prevention. The event was the Rizal Day celebration held last Dec. 17 at Penna’s Banquets in Sterling Heights. (Photo by Percy Antonio)

Three Filipino-American groups in Michigan were awarded grants to be used in the drive for breast-cancer prevention in the Philippines.

The award of the grants was announced during the Rizal Day celebration held last Dec. 17 at Penna’s Banquet Center in Sterling Heights.

The groups that will receive the grants are Ang Bisayas of Michigan (ABM) headed by President Gina Solon, the Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan (PNAM) headed by President Maria Wolfinbarger and the Far Eastern Nurses and Allied Professionals Association (FANAPA) headed by President Gary Butler.

Representative-nurses of the three groups had earlier undergone training on breast-cancer detection and examination. The training was conducted by the staff of EMU’s School of Nursing last Nov. 12 at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield. 

PNAM, ABM and FANAPA will conduct separately breast-awareness drive during their medical missions in the Philippines in 2017.

The Philippines was chosen as a beneficiary of the program because the Philippines is the No. 3 country with high number of breast-cancer cases all over the world. 

To fund their respective campaign, each group will receive a grant of at least $2,000 from the Breast Cancer Awareness Program (BCAP), a joint undertaking of the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO).

To oversee the implementation of the breast cancer-awareness program, an ad hoc committee was created. It is composed of FILAMCCO members and EMU’s School of Nursing staff.

During their breast-cancer awareness drive in the Philippines, the three groups will conduct surveys and teach women how to detect breast cancer. They will emphasize that early detection could be a key to cure of the dreaded illness.


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