Latinas Contra Cancer – National Latino Cancer Summit


Latinas Contra Cancer will host a National Latino Cancer Summit in San Francisco, CA

The National Latino Cancer Summit will convene researchers, providers, community agencies, health educators and community members to explore and discuss the latest in cancer research, prevention, treatment and best practices within Latino populations.

San Francisco, Calif. – June 11, 2018 – Latinas Contra Cancer, a San Jose based health advocacy organization, today announced the program for the National Latino Cancer Summit. The theme for this 6th Biennial event is From Science to Populations to People: The Latino Cancer Conundrum. The National Latino Cancer Summit and its network of researchers, providers, community agencies and outreach workers will explore issues of biology, risk factors, prevention and treatments at the individual and population levels in an effort to address needs and gaps across the Latino Community. The two-day program will be held on July 30 and July 31 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Everyone is welcomed to attend, space is limited.

“The topics presented at this summit spark important conversation about the impact of cancer on a heterogeneous Latino community,” said Sandra Madrigal, Board Chair of Latinas Contra Cancer. “This impact is under-researched and the effect that the differences in lifestyle, environment and genetic variation among Latinos have on cancer incidence, risk and prognosis are still mostly unknown. That is what makes this national summit so crucial.”

The Summit will host more than 30 distinguished panelists and speakers including nationally recognized researchers, academics, health educators and health advocates with keynote addresses from Ms. Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Mr. Robert A. Hiatt, M.D., Ph.D. of UC San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The prestigious “Making A Different World” award will be given to a selected researcher or academic making a positive impact on health outcomes for Latino populations. Nominations are still being accepted.

“We are very excited about the enthusiasm our speakers, sponsors and attendees continue to have about this event dedicated to recognizing and discussing the health disparities Latinos face across the cancer continuum,” said Darcie Green, CEO of Latinas Contra Cancer, “We look forward to bringing together experts and advocates from across the country to identify needs and gaps through research and best practices.”

The lead sponsor for the conference is the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. Additional sponsors include City of Hope, NIH National Cancer Institute, Pfizer, The Sobrato Organization, American Cancer Society and the Have A Ball Foundation.

Latinas Contra Cancer is a San Jose health advocacy organization that provides community education regarding cancer prevention as well as support services to low income, Spanish-speaking cancer patients and their families. Since its inception in 2003, Latinas Contra Cancer has educated over four thousand community members, guided several hundred women (and some men) into cancer screenings, provided psychosocial support groups since and navigated over hundreds of patients through cancer treatments.

Join us for another great Summit program packed with exciting speakers, cutting edge panel discussions, learning labs and interactive science cafes.

Modern Latina presents Fashion Fights Back Event


A runway event benefiting Latinas Contra Cancer


It will be a night of fashion, culture, and community honoring and celebrating breast cancer survivors. Guests will have a great time as they enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, while viewing the latest fashion, including the reveal of the finished looks from our Frida Kahlo Inspired Look contest. Guests will have the opportunity to shop from our participating local artists, crafters and small businesses and have the opportunity to bid on the many unique silent auction items!

Latinas Contra CancerVIP reception includes some pre-festivity pampering, networking and VIP treatment with an exclusive gift bag, drawings and a sneak peek at the silent auction items. At the VIP reception, guests will meet Modern Latina’s Commemorative 10th Anniversary Edition Featured Latina, Tina Aldatz. Tina is a self-made, successful Latina entrepreneur who founded Foot Petals and is now the CEO of Savvy Travel. She will be sharing her compelling and heartwarming personal story of success against all odds from her book, “From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange.” Books will be available for sale and book signing.

All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction benefit Latinas Contra Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of the health care experience. Latinas Contra Cancer provides support services and resources for the Latino cancer patient and their family; collaborate with other small agencies to provide education and outreach services; partner with health care institutions to bridge the gap through culturally competent outreach and medical care.

This wonderful program will be emceed by community leader Mrs. Guisselle Nuñez, Director of Marketing, Public and Government Relations for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Fashion will be featured from local Latina designer Sindy Hernandez de Cornejo who will debuting her 2015 #SINDYCollection as well as styles from Banana Republic and Dress Barn. The looks will be modeled by members of Latina Coalition Silicon Valley.

Enjoy a fun evening out while helping to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.


Location: San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 South 11th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) ; 6:00 VIP entrance


General Admission $35 (After 9/23/15 $45) Entrance at 7pm

General admission includes entrance to fashion show with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Entry at 7 pm.


VIP Reception Admission $55 (After 9/23/15 $65) Entrance at 6pm

VIP Reception Admission includes early entrance at 6 pm to enjoy some pre-festivity pampering, networking and VIP treatment that includes an exclusive gift bag, drawings and sneak peak at the silent auction items.


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