Be­tween Women celebrates new name, broader cause

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY WIL­LIAM ROLLER Staff Writer

BRAW­LEY — Serv­ing as a bea­con of hope for women with breast can­cer for more than 19 years, Be­tween Women Inc. will also be known as Im­pe­rial Val­ley Can­cer Sup­port Cen­ter of­fer­ing sup­port ser­vices to males and fe­males with any type of can­cer.

In or­der to bring aware­ness of their en­com­pass­ing bat­tle against all types of can­cer, Be­tween Women hosted the Braw­ley Can­cer Walk Kick­off at the North Plaza on Satur­day. The kick­off pro­vided in­for­ma­tion ta­bles and regis­tra­tion sign-up sheets for the 5K run and walk that takes place May 20 at Cat­tle Call Arena.

“Just last month Be­tween Women helped 58 women who needed re­sources and guid­ance to help fund their care,” said event or­ga­nizer Joseph Ramirez. “To­day, we want to bring aware­ness we’re in the fight against all can­cers. We can’t help pa­tients with ev­ery­thing, but we’re there to pro­vide a sub­stan­tial mea­sure of sup­port.”

The in­au­gu­ral walk from 9 a.m. to mid­night May 20. For 15 hours vol­un­teers ex­pe­ri­ence the dis­com­fort of what a can­cer pa­tient goes through in a day, noted Ramirez. Walk­ers must en­dure gru­el­ing heat, the marathon walk­ing, thirst and stay­ing awake through the night to know first hand the hard­ships of a can­cer pa­tient.

Dressed in a pink T-shirt, vol­un­teer Rita Cortez is a twotime can­cer sur­vivor. But what helped deal with cat­a­strophic ill­ness were sup­port groups and in­for­ma­tion Be­tween Women pro­vided. “I tell peo­ple can­cer is not a death sen­tence,” she said. “We tell them there are mul­ti­ple treat­ment options. And for women we have wigs and pros­thet­ics all free of charge for women in need.”

Stopping to reg­is­ter for the 5K race, was run­ning en­thu­si­ast Jaime Arel­lano who has no fam­ily his­tory of can­cer but was glad to help as­sist Be­tween Women in their cause. And for regis­tra­tion cap­tain, Stephanie Corona, she be­came com­mit­ted ever since her dad had can­cer when she was a se­nior in high school 12 years ago.

“A lot of peo­ple seemed to be well-in­formed about can­cer be­cause they know some­one ill or are sur­vivors them­selves.”

Jenny Be­na­vides vol­un­teers be­cause her brother died of liver can­cer that was only di­ag­no­sis af­ter his death. “That mo­ti­vated me even more,” she said. “So when they ask me to help I don’t hes­i­tate. I do it with a good heart. It’s a good cause.”

The 5k will have regis­tra­tion at 7 a.m. May 20 with the race to fol­low at 7:30 a.m. Those walk­ing are asked to pre-reg­is­ter by call­ing Ramirez at 760-550-0452 or Be­tween Women at 760-3511774.

WIL­LIAM ROLLER PHOTO

FROM RIGHT: Crys­tal, Jas­mine and Je­sus Granado visit Be­tween Women in­for­ma­tion ta­bles to learn more about can­cer treat­ment options Satur­day at the Braw­ley Can­cer Walk Kick­off in North Plaza.

WIL­LIAM ROLLER PHOTO

FROM LEFT: Jaime Arel­lano, reg­is­ters for 5K race at the Braw­ley Can­cer Walk Kick Off at the Be­tween Women in­for­ma­tion ta­bles Satur­day in North Plaza.

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