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A SPARK OF LIGHT IN THE SHADOWS

Three women share their journey of detection, prevention, and their road to recovery

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This Sept 28, the ICANSERVE Foundation will stage the fourth installment of SILVER LININGS 2019—a summit for the Philippine cancer community—at PICC. The summit also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ICANSERVE Foundation which makes this year even more special.

Gathering the largest number of cancer survivors, the summit aims to give participants courage, and to let them know that they don’t have to go through their journeys alone.

Three ladies share their experiences and give personal advice with the hopes of being a spark of light to those who need it most.

Silverlining

SURVIVORS Breast cancer survivors and volunteers for ICANSERVE Melissa De Leon, Patty Betita, and Maan Hontiveros will be this year’s moderators for Silver Linings, while Bibeth Orteza will be hosting.

Nikoy De Guzman, current president of the ICANSERVE Foundation shares, “Breast cancer runs in our family. The experience of our family shows the importance of early detection. That was key to our survival. I want to see more women benefit from early detection by adhering to the guidelines.”

Lian Chua, vice president of the same organization is a stage 2 Breast Cancer (2001 – 18 years), Stage 1 Uterine Cancer (2007 – 12 years), and Stage 2 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (2009 – 10years) survivor. “Don’t take your annual physical exams for granted. Even if you are not employed, make sure you get yourself checked every year,” she shares.

Lastly, the treasurer of ICANSERVE, Marge Jorillo says,“I found out I had breast cancer in May 2005, thanks to the reddish brown discharge I had on my right breast, which was a blessing in disguise. Otherwise, I had no inkling at all because there was no pain. When I finally got checked, my tumor size was huge at about 9cm.”

Educate and inspire

This year, the summit has prepared interactive forums which offer various topics not only for the different needs of the cancer patients but also for their family, friends, and supportive medical teams. During the event, participants can avail of free X-rays, BMIs, consultations with doctors, and many more activities.

Staged by the ICANSERVE Foundation, Silver Linings will be on Sept. 28, at the PICC, Pasay City from 8am -5pm. Registration fee is P500 to include meals.

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