Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® Makes a Difference Globally

By Bolivia Bocaranda, President Senosayuda, Venezuela

(Translated to English below)

Bolivia Bocaranda, President of Senosayuda in Venezuela, graduated from NBCC's International Project LEAD®. From left to right bottom row: Sara McKenna, UK; Adrianna Kaufman, Argentina; Karima Elshamy, Egypt; Christine Brunswick, US. Second Row left to right: Bolivia Bocaranda, Venezuela; Michelle Marven, Australia; Diane Moore, Canada; Colleen Marco, South Africa.

NBCC cambio mi visión como sobreviviente …..Fue hace 10 años la primera vez q participe en la conferencia anual. Allí entendí lo q era ser una activista del cáncer …….concepto difícil  de entender  para mujeres como yo que viven en países tercermundistas como lo es Venezuela

NBCC me dio las herramientas a través de Proyect Lead para empoderarme en mi trabajo como sobreviviente, voluntaria y fundadora de Senosayuda. Este aprendizaje siempre ha sido compartido con nuestros miembros y expresión de eso es el cambio que hicimos en nuestra misión incorporando el trabajo en red y advocacy.

NBCC con la iniciativa del Deadline 2020, nos permite formar parte de ese grassroots networking a nivel global y sentirnos parte de su misión de erradicar cáncer de mama

En NBCC con su liderazgo y experticia nos dieron la motivación necesaria para que nosotras pudiésemos crecer y dejar de ser un grupo de apoyo, patrocinado por una industria farmacéutica  para convertirnos en la organización líder en Venezuela, ya con 37 activistas entrenadas, con presencia en 13 estados y con un documento de consenso presentado y avalado por más de 150 organizaciones relacionadas con el tema y entregado en el congreso nacional, y en el ministerio de la salud.

NBCC gracias por ser parte de ustedes

English Translation

NBCC changed my vision  as a survivor. It has been 10 years since the first time I participated in an annual conference. There I came to understand what it is to be a cancer activist. The concept is difficult to understand for women like me who live in a third-world country like Venezuela. NBCC has given me the tools through Project LEAD® and has empowered me in my work as a survivor, volunteer and founder of Senosayuda. The learning always helps with our members and we have been able to translate  this new understanding by incorporating the work of networking  and advocacy into our own mission.

NBCC with its initiative of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, allows us to be part of this global grassroots network and to feel part of the mission to end breast cancer.

With NBCC’s leadership and experience we have been given the necessary motivation to stop being a support group sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, and instead grow to become the leading organization in Venezuela. With 37 trained activists, we have a presence in 13 states and have presented a consensus document endorsed by more than 150 organizations involved in the issue, which has been delivered in Congress and to the ministry of health.

NBCC, thank you for allowing us to be part of your coalition.

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