Billie Belen

[box type=”default” size=”large”] FCNA-MI is helping in the efforts to finish fight vs breast cancer [/box]

The Michigan chapter of the Filipino Cancer Network of America (FCNA-MI), an affiliate of the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM), is busy this month (October).

FCNA-MI participated in a fund-raising walkathon held last Oct. 10 and will hold a fund-raising brunch at PACCM on Oct. 17.

FCNA, which is a registered non-profit organization, supports the programs of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

ACS is the leader in the efforts to help finish the fight against breast cancer.

It is investing in groundbreaking breast-cancer research to enable us to better understand, prevent and find cure of the disease. It is providing free, comprehensive information and is providing support to people with breast cancer. It is helping people in taking steps to reduce breast cancer risk or detect it early.

FCNA-MI was established as a support group for our “kababayan” in Michigan with breast cancer. The members meet every month to plan our activities, and the support group meets every third Monday of every month at 1 p.m. at PACCM.

It is pushing the campaign for early detection of breast cancer.

When breast cancer is found early, it is easier to treat. If you are 40 or older, have a mammogram and breast exam every year and report right away any changes in your breasts to your doctor.

You can help reduce your breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight throughout your life, by being physically active on a regular basis (ACS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week), and by limiting alcohol intake to less than one drink each day for women (two drinks for men).

For more information about breast cancer, how to detect it early and how to help finish the fight against the disease, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.

As one of its activities supporting the fight against breast cancer, FCNA members participated in ACS’s fund-raising, three-mile walkathon held last October 10 at Hart Plaza in Detroit.

Meanwhile, FCNA will hold a fund-raising brunch on Oct. 17 at the PACCM from 9 a.m. to noon. The proceeds will be used to buy a defibrillator.

Donation per person is $10; and donors who are 5–10 years, $5.

PACCM needs a defibrillator as it is the second home of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. We gather at PACCM for many reasons, and it is a regular venue for events of many organizations.

We need access to defibrillation (PAD), and this means making AEDs available at PACCM. It is urgently needed when people suffer heart attacks.

The price of an AED varies, depending on make and model. Most AEDs cost between $1,500 and $2,000. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 for this event. Filipino breakfast will be served.

For reservation, individuals or parties intending to participate in the fund raiser are asked to call Billie Go Belen (chair) at 313 690 3009; Dr. Cloty Sitchon, 248 641 7791; or Tony Kho 248 755 6122.


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