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  • Race to 125,000 Kisses Events by Avon to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

    Learn more about Avon’s advocacy to raise awareness and support for breast cancer patients.
  • groupSpeakers included  philanthropists and survivors Lara Melissa de Leon and Ces Schulze; PGH Breast Care Center patient Josephine Negranza; writer, singer, educator and husband to a survivor Jim Paredes; male breast cancer patient Antonio Nicerio; and Philippine Cancer Society Executive Director Dr. Rachael Rosario.

    Josephine Negranza, a single mother blessed with three children, felt the symptoms of the killer disease early on, but it was only in 2008 (at the age of 48) that she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. With cancer running in the family, she made sure that her children had regular check-ups at the PGH Breast Care Center while she herself was also being treated there for the disease.

    Today, Josephine calls on everyone to be vigilant by conducting self-breast examination and is one of the staunchest breast cancer advocates. “I want to share my story with everyone so that they too can be aware of what they can do to prevent or detect breast cancer.”

    Meanwhile, former actress Lara Melissa de Leon used her ordeal to fulfill a higher purpose. With her healthy lifestyle, enviable career and solid family life, Lara was the last person one would think would fall prey to breast cancer. Her life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with the disease.

    She remained strong throughout the ordeal, stating her faith as her primary anchor. “I thought that maybe the Lord was trying to tell me something through my circumstances, that there was a purpose behind what was happening.” Now a breast cancer survivor, Lara spends a lot of time talking about her experience as a way of encouraging patients, their families and friends.

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