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Children With Cancer/Canica Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

In 1970 a group of Vallarta women funded the first civil association for helping those in need in Puerto Vallarta.

The main goals they set up were mainly a service to the community in all areas: social, civic, cultural and sports, working with the municipal authorities, as well as state and federal in programs that would help the community.

With their objectives well established in their statutes, they are modified as time and circumstances arise.

With the valuable collaboration of the people that trust our work, there have been many achievements throughout the years, such as building the first home for homeless children, the reconstruction and maintenance of the Municipal Cemetery for 14 years, participating in the reconstruction of the Crown of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the Center for Orientation and Rehabilitation for Adolescents, the Center for Integral Attention and Training for Women, as well as the continuous work to preserve our traditions and customs, the ecology, etc.

At this time, our main program is the attention to children and youngsters of low income with cancer in Puerto Vallarta and their families through the Civil Association CANICA – Centro de Apoyo a Niños con Cáncer A.C. (Support Center for Children with Cancer), which is located in the city of Guadalajara.

We have tax exempt receipts for the donations to our programs.

The current president of the Asociación Femenil Vallartense, Mrs. Evelia Basánez is the coordinator of the CANICA chapter in Puerto Vallarta.

Children with Cancer

Maybe one of the most difficult and painful experiences for any human being is to know that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, but the situation becomes even more difficult when it is a child the one that has been diagnosed with this illness.

The Asociación Femenil Vallartense A.C. in conjunction with CANICA A.C. (Support Center for Children with Cancer) provide help and support for low income families that have been affected by cancer.

You will find information regarding the activities and support that we provide, the way in which you could collaborate with us as the information of the children we are currently helping.

The types of cancer that affect children are very different from the ones that affect adults. The cure probabilities for children are actually very high, almost 70% of children can be cured from this illness.
The main types of cancer that affect children are: leukemias, neuroblastomas, lynphomas, bone cancer, sarcomas, kidney and eye cancer, among others.
With this situation, there is much to do and with some of your help, we can make a big difference in the lives of these children and their families.

Come to know a little bit more about our children whom we helped during their diagnosis and treatment, and whom we continue looking out for.

How You Can Help the Center for Children with Cancer

• Monetary donations. They are tax deductible in Mexico.

• Becoming more knowledgeable about this illness in children and knowing its symptoms, you can create awareness in your family and circle of friends, and maybe helping recognize in an early stage this condition in a child.

• Donations for the children, like toys or clothes, even little hats or baseball caps that they can use during their treatments.  

• Donations for their families, to try to give them a better quality of life since all of them are of scarce economic  resources.

• As a volunteer in the gatherings we have, helping with your time in the preparations and organization, or donating, food, beverages, piñatas, balloons, toys, etc.

• Helping spread the word around of what we do, to be able to reach a broader network of people willing to help, such as doctors, help groups, discounts, etc.

Please contact Evelia Basanez at for any questions regarding donations or volunteering at the Support Center for Children with Cancer.

Last updated: August 21, 2019 · Charity ID: 405

Partner for Change

Mr Marlin Fishing Charters

Saltwater fishing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is an exciting experience you do not want to miss! Puerto Vallarta has always been one of the best kept secrets in Mexico for big-game sportfishing, and Mr Marlin has been providing the finest fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta since 1957.

Support Charities with International Friendship Club Home Tours

International Friendship Club

Our Home Tours showcase three or four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.

Reel in the New Year with Great Sportfishing in Vallarta

Fishing Booker

With New Year’s temperatures hovering around 87°F, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to get that winter tan. A chance to fish in one of the best fisheries in the Pacific is just an added bonus.

Infamous Las Marias Island Prison Outside PV to Close

The Associated Press

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will close a famed island penal colony off the country’s Pacific coast.

PV Poker Tour Fundraiser Sponsored by Local Restaurants

American Legion Post 14

The Annual PV Poker Tour sponsored by Murphy's Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, Escondida, Gringo Loco, All Access & Bar La Playa, Kelly's Pour Favor and Devil’s Bar will be held on Saturday January 12th at 1:00 pm.

International Friendship Club Vallarta Home Tours 2018-2019

International Friendship Club

Net proceeds from these very interesting and fun tours support the International Friendship Club's Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs.

November News and Clinics from HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta

HealthCare Resources

We welcome back to our “snowbirds”! It has been a whirlwind summer and now we are swiftly headed into the hustle and bustle of “high season” here in Puerto Vallarta. We are ready for all of your healthcare needs!

International Friendship Club Resumes Home Tours for 2017-2018 Season

International Friendship Club

Net proceeds from these very interesting and fun tours support the International Friendship Club's Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs.

Food Packages Needed for Children with Cancer PV. Can You Help?

HealthCare Resources

We are beginning to prepare our "dispensas" (food packages) for September, for our Canicas kids/families for (Kids with Cancer) and we are pretty much out of everything!

Help Transport Kids of Vallarta to Cancer Treatments by 'Rowing to Guadalajara'

You Caring

In partnership with Crossfit Zapata, the goal of Greg and Hillary Kennon is to row (on a Concept2 Rowing Machine) for 24 hours straight to reach the distance of 205 miles, the distance from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara.

Great Reasons to Become a Member of Puerto Vallarta's International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

Members of IFC are proud of the club's long history and the beneficial effect that the club has had on the education, health and social services in the city.

'My Friend Without Hair' Fundraiser on the Malecon for Children with Cancer

Vallarta Women's Association

The aim of the project is raising awareness among the population and creating more support for those suffering from this evil, in addition to raising funds to help more and more children who require help and can continue without any problem with their treatments.

Riviera Nayarit Blushes Pink for Pinktober

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The Destination’s hotels are holding different social, sports and culinary activities in order to raise community awareness for the prevention of cancer. Chef Betty Vazquez will be a featured guest.

International Friendship Club Resumes Home Tours for 2016-2017 Season

International Friendship Club

Our Home Tours showcase four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.

Meet the Lucky Teens Going to Disney and Support the Vallarta Children with Cancer

CANICA Vallarta

Please invite all your friends to join us at the River Cafe on Friday September 9 at 9:00 am to meet the 5 teens who will travel to their magical place, a dream come true for them.

River Cafe to Host Children with Cancer Disney Fundraiser Breakfast

CANICA Vallarta

The River Cafe and the Asociacion Femenil Vallartense are proud to announce the Disney CANICA benefit on Friday, Sepember 9 at 9:00 am.

AMOHP Conference Includes 5th 'Running for a Cause' Fundraiser for Kids with Cancer


As a part of the AMOHP International Congress, the 5th "Running for a Cause" fundraiser for children with cancer will take place on Friday July 1st, 2016.

Dolphins Give Smiles to Children with Cancer

American Legion Post 14

Vallarta Adventures and the American Legion teamed up to provide a day of happiness for children with cancer in the Puerto Vallarta area.

Join the American Legion as Children with Cancer Swim with the Dolphins

American Legion Post 14

On Saturday June 18th, approximately 30 children from the Cancer Screening Center will be visiting and swimming with the Dolphins at Vallarta Adventures.

American Legion Post 14 Vallarta April Newsletter

American Legion Post 14

This is the first of a series of Newsletters I hope to publish on a fairly regular basis over the next few months. The purpose of these Newsletters is to inform, encourage, and entertain. All suggestions are welcome.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Dinner Theater, Live Concerts, Charity Bingo, Tango Lessons, Art Walk, Fundraisers, Mardi Gras Parade, Live Theater Sayulita, Immigration Forum, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

Children with Cancer in Vallarta Fundraiser Breakfast

Children with Cancer Vallarta

Please join us and invite your friends to celebrate 10 years of providing help to the Children with Cancer in Puerto Vallarta. You have been very instrumental in the past, and would like for you to help us once again.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Dinner Theater, Charity and Adult Bingo, International Friendship Club Home Tours, Live Concerts, Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser, Voice of Vallarta, Farmers Markets, Saturday Wake-Up Radio Show in English, and so much more.

Another Reason to Attend Children with Cancer Fundraiser on Thanksgiving

Asociacion Femenil

Luis Angel, a beautiful 9 year old boy, an honor student who loved sports is so lucky to have survived after beeing hospitalized for four months in Guadalajara.

Thanksgiving Dinner to Benefit Puerto Vallarta Children With Cancer


We are inviting you to join us for our Thanksgiving Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, November 26 at 4:00 pm at the beautiful Le Bistro Jazz Cafe.

Pitch in with the USS William P Lawrence for Community Relations Work Days

American Legion Post 14

The USS William P Lawrence, DDG 110 will be arriving in Puerto Vallarta on Friday, October 9th. The crew will be joining American Legion Post 14 and the Navy League in two days of Community Relations work.

Christmas Trees and Toys Delivered to Suite at Vallarta-Nayarit Velas Resorts with New Charity BOGO

PR Web

For each purchase made on Velas' online store, Velas Resorts will implement its BOGO (Buy One Give One) initiative by donating a toy to Support Center for Children with Cancer, along with the Vallarta Women's Association.

Angels in Freedom Collects Your Trash in Exchange for Lives of Others

Angeles en Libertad

Join us at Los Arcos on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Your plastic bottle caps and aluminum can pulltabs can save lives and provide medical treatments and medications to those that need it most.

River Cafe to Host CANICA Children with Cancer Disney Fundraiser Breakfast

Canica Vallarta

We hope you’ll join us for a fundraiser breakfast to benefit our Children with Cancer (CANICA) at the River Cafe in Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday.

Children Come First With IFC Medical Cost Share and Cancer Aid

International Friendship Club

How would you feel if your child were disabled or sick, the cost of treatment was about 10,000 pesos, and you didn't have the money to help? The child would just have to suffer.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Valentine's Day Happenings, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

Open Your Heart for Children with Cancer Special Valentine Fundraiser

Children with Cancer

The children of CANICA thank you in advance for your participation in this annual event. This annual breakfast it will take place on the 13th of February at Oscar's restaurant on the River Cuale with a beautiful view of the gardens, river and the ocean.

International Friendship Club Home Tours Support Cleft Palate Surgery Program

International Friendship Club

Enjoy the beauty of Puerto Vallarta by touring some of its most architecturally interesting homes. Our Home Tours showcase four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.

Children with Cancer Breakfast Fundraiser at Barcelona Tapas

Children with Cancer

The CANICA Center for Children with Cancer is inviting everyone to join us for breakfast at the Barcelona Tapas Restaurant on December 3rd at 10:00 am. Barcelona Tapas will donate 100% of the proceeds.

More Events for Pinktober Fight Against Cancer

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The fight against cancer gets support in the destination through the arts, sports and special promotions at hotels in Riviera Nayarit this month as part of a worldwide health initiative.

'Recycle for Love' at Grand Fiesta and Paper Collection by Angels in Freedom


Bring your paper products to El Pitillal on October 19 as the Angels in Freedom hope to collect all your used books, newspapers, magazines and more to be recycled to support medical services for our less fortunate in Puerto Vallarta.

Riviera Nayarit Ready for 54th International San Blas Fishing Tournament

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The tournament will award four million Mexican pesos’ worth of new cars, boat motors and professional fishing equipment to the winners.

Join the Fun at the IFC End of Season Brunch at Casa Fantasia

International Friendship Club

There will be door prizes and a raffle. This is always a very festive occasion as the IFC celebrates another successful season. The Casa Fantasia Brunch offers a delightful buffet menu. Join us on April 13.

Buffet Breakfast & Art Sale Benefit for PV Children with Cancer

Galeria Vallarta

Galeria Vallarta and Old Town Bistro cordially invite you to attend a fabulous Buffet Breakfast on April 4 for the benefit of Canica in the continuing treatment of our precious children in Puerto Vallarta who are suffering from cancer.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week. Senator Tom Hayden is in town, Paws for the Cause and Children with Cancer fundraisers, Alberto Mejia in Concert, Mass Appeal theater event, and a lot more.

Art Exhibition Benefit for Children with Cancer at Old Town Bistro

Galeria Vallarta

You are cordially invited to this free event on Friday, February 21, and hope you will enjoy viewing and be touched by Pat Haley's artworks and purchase some to help the children with cancer.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


There a lot going on this week in Vallarta-Nayarit including Medical Matters, performances by Kinsey Sicks, Style Show Luncheon, all the Valentine's Day happenings, Alberto Mejia in Concert, Real Estate Fair, American Legion Poker Tour, and more.

Oktoberfest Fundraiser Supports Children With Cancer in Puerto Vallarta

Banderas Bay American Legion Post #14

The American Legion and Navy League have joined the Vallarta Women's Association in supporting the Children's Cancer Center by holding a traditional Oktoberfest hosted by Hacienda Alemana on November the 13th.

Be a Star for Child's Last Wish to Visit His Cousins in Mexico


We received the following email at PVAngels from Caitlin Koch of the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. They have a Mexican child who is dying from colon cancer whose last wish is to visit his cousins in Guadalajara.

Angels in Freedom Collects Bottle Caps to Support Cancer Patients

Vallarta Opina

Angeles en Libertad (Wings of Freedom) is collecting as many plastic bottle caps as possible to be recycled and the funds used to support our less fortunate citizens fighting cancer.

'Fantastic People' Chosen as Theme for 2013 Los Mangos Library Summer Courses

Biblioteca Los Mangos

It will be four wonderful weeks where there will be dozens of activities related to the arts, culture, and environmental conservation, as well as recreational novelties that stimulate team-work, patience and the tenacity to achieve their goals.

Charities Announced to Benefit from Vallarta's 2013 Altruism Festival

U.S. Consular Agency Vallarta

Twenty-four of our local charity and non-profit organizations in Banderas Bay have been announced to participate and benefit from Puerto Vallarta's largest fundraising event of the year to take place on Sunday, May 5.

9th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 24 Local Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Cancer Cases Reduced in Puerto Vallarta with Early Detection and Education

Tribuna de la Bahia

Both Social Security and the Ministry of Health have focused programs to cater to the different sectors of the population, such as the ChiquitIMSS and the JuvenIMSS, whose objectives are to promote practice among the teens to create active and healthy lifestyles.

"My Friend Without Hair" Event to Benefit Children With Cancer


The "Mi Amigo Sin Pelo" event will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at the arches of the malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. For this noble cause, Vallarta is supporting 19 children with cancer so that they can go to the city of Guadalajara to receive care and treatment.

Fall Cleaning: Our Local Banderas Bay Charities Count On It


Now that the weather is getting cooler, go through your closets, empty the storage building and clean out the garage. Everyone knows there are things you have stashed that you are never going to use. Pull it out and pass it on to someone that can do good with it.

Eagle Wings Deliver 1.5M Pesos to Local Charities

Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alas de Aguila continues to improve lives of vulnerable Vallarta residents through various civil associations as part of their commitment to work together to lend support to a greater number of people.

8th International Altruism Festival

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa is once again the proud sponsor of the 8th International Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta. This gastronomic and cultural event creates awareness among the population to support those who need it the most.

Whale Watching Tours Support Charities

Deep Blue Conservancy

Ocean Friendly Tours & Deep Blue Conservancy announce their upcoming Charity Whale Watching Tours. Join them for respectful encounters with the Humpback whales to benefit Children with Cancer and the Los Mangos Library.

Vallarta Adventures Takes Disadvantaged Kids Whale Watching

Vallarta Opina

We were proud to hear that Vallarta Adventures organized a fun catamaran trip for more than 300 disadvantaged children in Puerto Vallarta to watch the humpback whales and experience an unforgettable day.

Charity Bingo at Nacho Daddy

The Charity Bingo Staff

For the upcoming season, the Charity Bingo Administrative Staff was determined to broaden the resources to other Charity Organizations so the Charity Bingo selection committee selected six (6) different charities to benefit from the Charity Bingo proceeds.

15,000 People Form Giant Pink Ribbon in Mexico’s Fight Against Breast Cancer

Agencia EFE

Some 15,000 people formed a giant pink ribbon to launch the annual campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer in Mexico, at a ceremony headed by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Mexican Cancer Survivor Says Donating Bone Marrow Is “Scary,” But Not Painful

Agencia EFE

Mexican opera singer Barbara Padilla, a cancer survivor who worries that misinformation makes many people hesitant to donate blood or tissue, says that in the case of bone marrow, donors face only a simple, non-surgical procedure

Treating Your Cancer with All-Natural ’Alternative Medicine’ May Double Your Risk of Dying


Even if treating the body with “natural” methods sounds appealing, a recent study suggests that using alternative medicine to treat cancer more than doubles the risk of dying within five years..

State of Mexico Just Announced It Will Provide Medical Cannabis to Citizens

CMW Media

Medical Marijuana will provide the government of the State of Mexico with medical-grade CBD hemp oil products from its subsidiary HempMeds Mexico, which will be used in the treatment of patients suffering from a variety of conditions including refractory epilepsy.

Raising Public Awareness, Adding Oncologists Are Key in Mexico’s Cancer Fight

Latin American Herald Tribune

The plan for attacking cancer in Mexico must include turning out more oncologists from medical schools, better cooperation among institutions and raising public awareness about the need for regular checkups.

Yes, Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana - But What’s ’Medical’ Use And Who Will Benefit?

Fronteras Desk

The Health Ministry has until the end of the year to issue its rules. In the meantime, mothers like Margarita Garfias say they’re not going to wait. Breaking the law isn’t her biggest worry. She said she’d rather get arrested than see her son get sick.

Researchers Develop Chemical Suntan, Dodging Skin Cancer in the Process


Cancel that appointment at the tanning salon. Forget about keeping your mouth shut in the spray tan booth. Thanks to science, we may soon have a much safer way to induce the perfect suntan.

New Water Park Is Great Idea for Kids with Disabilities


A new water park in San Antonio is making sure kids with disabilities don’t miss out on the splashing fun this summer.

Doctor Makes a Breakthrough Discovery in Mexico for Severe Seizures in Children

Culture Magazine

Renowned Mexican physician, Dr. Saul Garza Morales held a conference in Mexico City this week to report the findings from his study of children suffering from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and were treated with Real Scientific Hemp Oil.

Ex-President Felipe Calderon Donates Pension to Help Children with Cancer

The Associated Press

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will donate his government pension to a nonprofit group that helps children with cancer.

Could Marijuana Potentially Become the Next 'Miracle Drug' for Treating Cancer?

The Motley Fool

GW Pharmaceuticals' latest clinical results show promise for marijuana-based drugs in treating an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Advocates Fear Chemicals Used on Mexico's Drug Crops Cause Cancer

InSight Crime

An advocacy group says exposure to chemicals used by criminal groups to help grow marijuana and opium poppy plants could be behind a surge in the incidence of cancer among indigenous children in northern Mexico.

Blue Corn May Help Fight Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Mexico Researchers Say


Eating blue corn may help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, a new study carried in rats suggests.

Under Former Governor, Children Treated with Fake Chemotherapy in Veracruz


Children with cancer were treated with “fake chemotherapy,” in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, due to budget shortfall and diversion of resources during the past administration, Governor Miguel Angel Yunes revealed this week.

Nano Artificial Nose Detects Cancer, Other Diseases


Prof. Hossam Haick of Technion's Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering is developing the Na-Nose, a nano artificial nose to detect cancer and other diseases.

Grace: One Year After Becoming Mexico's First Medical Marijuana Patient

El Universal

In 2015, Grace was the first Mexican citizen allowed to use a cannabis-derived product for medical purposes, overcoming the country's generally stiff official view on drugs.

From Mexico, Fringe 'Church' Founder Tells Followers 'MMS Cures Nothing!'

ABC News

The founder of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing who had claimed a chemical solution could cure virtually any disease, from autism to cancer to herpes, said he takes it back - just days after ABC News tracked him down in Mexico.

A Good Guy: Mexican Hero Doctor Fights Cancer in Superhero Costume


One Mexican doctor has taken to treating small children who are sick with leukemia dressed as Batman, Iron Man and other superheroes. His patients not only feel happier, but also seem to be recovering faster.

An Invitation to Deliver Hugs to Honor Children in Mexico with Cancer

TYT Newsroom

Merida will be one of 10 US and Mexican cities joining in simultaneous activity in public spaces to promote giving hugs in public spaces, as an act to honor children with cancer.

More Than 1500 Friendly, Exclusive Services for the Health Care of Mexico Youth

Secretaria de Salud

Dr. Pablo Kuri Morales, Mexico's undersecretary for disease prevention and health promotion, said that "we promote the culture of prevention within a framework of respect of human rights, equity and interculturality."

Meet CNN Hero Jeison Aristizabal Who's Redefining 'Disabled' in Colombia


Since 2001, Jeison Aristizabal has dedicated his life to giving thousands of young people with disabilities 'like himself' a brighter future in Colombia.

Dressed Like a Superhero, Doctor Brings Joy to Kids with Cancer in Mexico

Agencia EFE

Dressed as a superhero, prince, clown or chef, a doctor is bringing joy to kids with cancer whom he treats at a public hospital in Guadalajara, capital of Mexico's Jalisco state.

Inside a Clandestine Mexican Marijuana Workshop for Cancer Treatments


The people at the Xochimilco workshop are not prepared to wait for Mexico's torturous legislative process to actually approve the necessary laws and the regulations necessary to turn theoretical political support into everyday practice.

Cancer Patients at Children's Hospital Travel the World Via Virtual Reality Program


Sick children at Saint Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, have had their dream travel adventures come true.

How Does Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Mexico Compare Internationally?

Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention

A Mexican citizen studying at the University of British Columbia reflects on cancer incidence and mortality in her home country.

Scientists Prove Jalapeno Peppers Kill Cancer Cells

Riviera Maya News

A group of scientists have found that capsaicin, a property in jalapeno peppers, can kill cancer cells by attacking the cell’s mitochondria.

Science Wants to Use Beer as Next Big Weapon to Fight Cancer & Other Diseases


Chemists have found that hops contain compounds that can fight diseases, including cancer. The researchers are hoping those compounds may be extracted or synthesized in order to create new medicines.

Free Public Health Insurance Ensures All Mexican Women with Breast Cancer Can be Treated

WHO International

While many nations cannot afford expensive cancer medicines, Mexico is an example of a middle-income country that has taken major structural steps to give sustainable access to treatment for people diagnosed with breast and other forms of cancer.

'That Dragon, Cancer' Is an Immersive Video Game That Will Break Your Heart

The New York Times

"That Dragon, Cancer" is a memoir that retells Joel Green’s 4­year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay.

Girl's Medical Cannabis Victory in Mexican Court Raises Hopes for Others

Agence France-Presse

Eight-year-old Grace can finally sleep through the night without being awakened by one of her epileptic crises since the eight-year-old Mexican girl started taking cannabis-based medicine a month ago.

Mexico Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Measure

Latin Correspondent

A senator from Mexico’s ruling party is introducing a bill that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines.

Boxers Help Mexico City Promote 'Pink Gloves' to Smash Scourge of Breast Cancer

New China TV

By unveiling the specially designed pink gloves on Oct. 13 in Mexico City, the health department of the capital government unleashed its determination and campaign to fight breast cancer.

Tattoos Help Survivors of Breast Cancer Heal Wounds

Agencia EFE

When Miriam Valderrama lost both breasts to breast cancer at the age of 40, she had to get used to seeing the scars of her mastectomy in the mirror on a chest she did not recognize. But a tattoo has helped Miriam improve her self-esteem, while her scars "were only a memory."

Game Changer Flavia: Enabling Mexico's Disabled Through 'Pina Palmera'

CCTV America

The organization “Pina Palmera” has become a pioneer for the rights of people with disabilities. For the last 30 years it has offered support, education, and therapy for disabled people of all ages in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

This 8-Year-Old Girl Just Became Mexico's First Medical Marijuana Patient


An eight-year-old girl nicknamed "Grace" is the first Mexican citizen allowed to use a cannabis-derived product for medical purposes, overcoming the country's generally stiff official view on drugs.

An 8-Year-Old's Tragic Illness Tests Mexico's Ban on Medical Marijuana Use

The Washington Post

After years of cycling through anti-convulsive medications, a young girl's family is now desperate to try the one experimental treatment that Mexico prohibits - a marijuana oil that has helped American children in similar conditions.

How Did Mexico Eliminate Breast Cancer Deaths?

Science 2.0

In Mexico, breast cancer has been adequately controlled, and is no longer considered a risk of death when it’s diagnosed.

Teenage Cancer Survivor Used Her 'Make-A-Wish' to Tell Story of Sexual Abuse


18-year-old Lena Strickling assures the world that if she can survive cancer and sexual assault, so can anyone else.

Pollution in Mexico's 'Ring of Cenotes' Causes Breast and Cervical Cancer

The Yucatan Times

After seven years of research, scientists have concluded that water of the cenotes in the state of Yucatan are highly contaminated with pesticides, and this situation is generating a high incidence of cervical cancer and breast cancer among the female population.

Meet a Robot Whose Sole Purpose Is to Connect Emotionally with Young Cancer Patients


This is Huggable, an app-controlled robot created to help young patients fight cancer - and it's working.

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': Cancer Movie Wins Top Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Agence France-Presse

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.

Harvard University Helps Power Seguro Popular Health Care Initiative in Mexico

Harvard University

Just a decade ago, half of all Mexicans had no health insurance. As many as 4 million families a year faced financial ruin because of catastrophic illness, like breast cancer. Today, those same families have access to treatment because of Seguro Popular.

Most Cancers Are Caused by Bad Luck Not Genes or Lifestyle, Say Researchers

The Guardian

Good luck, rather than good genes, may be the key reason why some people are protected from certain cancers while others develop the disease, according to a new study.

Inoperable Brain Cancer Victim, Lauren Hill, Gets Own Wheaties Box

Lauren Hill, a Mount St. Joseph freshman with inoperable brain cancer, fulfilled her dream of playing college basketball Sunday, has her own commemorative Wheaties box.

Against the Clock: Terminally Ill Player Lauren Hill Fulfills Her Basketball Dream

The Associated Press

Every basketball player is up against the clock, but none more so than the brave young woman that thousands watched in action.

Painted in Your Health: Mexican Model Creates Art with Breasts for Cancer Charity

Daily Star

Mexico Playboy model Sugey Abrego is using her breast assets to help raise cash for charity - by painting with her boobs.

Mexico Registers 150K New Cancer Cases a Year

Prensa Latina

In Mexico, 150 thousand new cases of cancer are registered annually and this figure is expected to double by 2030.

Cuban Scientists Treat Cancer with Scorpion Venom

Venom from a scorpion endemic to Cuba, is being used by Cuban scientists as an effective weapon to fight cancer.

Disabled Mexican Students Given Scholarships

The News

The Mexico State government and the state Family Development Agency last week presented the Disabled Scholarship Program, according to a state government press release.

Cancer Is Third Leading Cause of Death in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Cancer remains the third leading cause of death in Mexico and every year 128 thousand new cases are detected, reported the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

New Technique Developed to Control Cervical Cancer

Medical Xpress

A group of researchers from Mexico's General Hospital, Health Secretariat, Medicine Faculty and the Institute of Cellular Physiology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico identified a therapeutic target for cervix cancer.

Cancer Patients Get Hilariously Bad Makeovers

The Mimi Foundation

The Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience. This film shows the adventure.

Viral Video Encourages Women to 'Lay Their Boobs on Stuff' for Breast Cancer Awareness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and though this is the time of year we love to wrap absolutely everything we own and buy in the color pink, there's a new way to further the cause - by "laying your boobs on stuff."

How Tons of Trash Might Help Find a Cure for Cancer

Guinness World Records

During 2013, the Colombian population have gone bottle cap-collecting crazy. They aimed to help the a charity break the record for the most bottle caps recycled in 8 hours, with proceeds raised from the sale of the caps helping 500 children diagnosed with cancer.

Unequal Access to LatAm Health Care is Still No. 1 Killer for Moms & Kids

In Latin America and the Caribbean today a child’s parents’ socio-economic status still has a significant impact on a child’s future.

Therapy with Horses: Mounted Police Unit of Mexico City Helps the Disabled

Thanks to the hippotherapy program of the Secretary of Mexico City’s Department of Public Safety (SSPDF), the disabled can have a better quality of life.

Jack Andraka: A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer... from a Teenager

TED Talks

Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive - all before his 16th birthday.

Cancer Treatment Treats Chronic Disease Caused by Westernized Living


Experts at Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico employ a ground-breaking cancer treatment program designed to address the imbalances caused by the unavoidable impact of modern living.

Latin America Threatened By Cancer Epidemic: Study


Latin America's growing prosperity is fueling a cancer epidemic that threatens to overwhelm the region unless governments take urgent preventive action, a study published on Friday warned.

Bee Venom Kills HIV and Cancer (Just Another Reason to Save the Bees!)

Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered bee venom can kill the HIV virus without harming the body.

Evan Handler: We Need to Spread Awareness of the LIVESTRONG Foundation's Programs


A star of ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Californication’ - and a leukemia survivor - says we should forget about what Lance Armstrong did and instead focus on the good work of the organization he founded.

Breast Cancer Research Needs More Focus on Environment: Report

Hispanically Speaking News

Unlike family history, risk factors such as chemical exposure, obesity can be changed, experts say. Efforts to prevent breast cancer need to focus more aggressively and coherently on environmental factors.

World Cancer Day 2013: Join the Global Movement

World Cancer Day is a global observance that helps raise people’s awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect or treat it. This event is held on February 4 each year.

Latinas Urged to Make Cervical Health a Priority

Hispanically Speaking News

Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the U.S. so Planned Parenthood is making a special effort to encourage this group to protect their cervical health during January’s Cervical Health Awareness Month.

The Breast Club: Victoria Finds Sisterhood and Hope in Cancer's New Battleground

Victoria Contreras sells food on the streets of Lima, Peru. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she felt frightened and isolated. She rediscovered hope and community at the Breast Club, a local support group.

Documentary Asks if Cancer, AIDS and Autism are 'Incurable Diseases' or Lucrative Investments


"Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? is a documentary that exposes the possibility of a medical field that might exist for the benefit of their corporate shareholders financial well being rather than promoting a healthy society.

Mexico Public Works to Continue the Fight Against Child Cancer

Presidencia de la Republica

President Calderón inaugurated the Hemato-Oncology and Research Unit of the Federico Gomez Children’s Hospital, which will improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of child patients with cancer.

Cancer Survivors Club: A Collection of Inspirational, Uplifting and Assuring Survival Stories

The Cancer Survivors club is a must-read for the millions of cancer patients worldwide and a book of great support for their family and friends. It proves with survival rates doubling, anything is possible.

Mexican Boxer Alfredo Angulo Gives Back to Those in Need

Boxing Scene

Mostly known for having his hair short or cropped, Alfredo Angulo will step inside the ring Saturday night with longer hair that could rival that of a male model or pop singer. No, he's not making a fashion statement - he is growing his hair long to eventually donate it to “Locks of Love.”

DIF Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness in Mexico

The News

Family Development Agency (DIF) this week presented an informative pamphlet for breast cancer patients that will be distributed throughout the country, intended to inform patients and their family members about the illness.

Green Tea's Anti-Cancer Secrets Revealed


Doctors have speculated for years on the possible benefits from drinking green tea. The ancient brew has been associated with just about everything healthy, from boosting the immune system to preventing and reversing chronic diseases.

Lance Armstrong: A Cheater? Five Reasons Why We Don't Care

Al Jazeera

The "emotional resonance of Lance Armstrong's victories" still registers even if cycling's most prominent bodies rewrite the history books to suggest that Armstrong never competed in the Tour de France.

Beans a Boon for People With Diabetes, Study Finds

HealthDay News

People suffering from type 2 diabetes can see an improvement in both their blood sugar levels and blood pressure if they add beans and other legumes to their diet, Canadian researchers report.

Chris Geiger's 'The Cancer Survivors Club'

The Cancer Survivors Club is a collection of poignant personal accounts from normal people, demonstrating an extraordinary determination to survive against the odds. It proves with survival rates doubling, anything is possible.

Mexico Embraces Controversial HPV Vaccine for Young Girls, US Less Enthusiastic


Mexico has followed Greece’s 2007 lead, making HPV vaccinations mandatory for girls ages 11 and 12. It is quite troubling that a long term study on the vaccine has not been under way for their version of the vaccine.

Cyclist Nearing End of Solo, 12,000-Mile Ride for Charity

Santa Cruz Sentinel

A 70-year-old cancer survivor is on the final stretch of a 12,000-mile charity bicycle ride that's been more than a decade in the making. This is his third effort to raise money and awareness for three important causes, Cancer, ALS and Hospice care.

Telenovela Star Maite Perroni Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

Fox News Latino

Mexico's soap opera star, Maite Perroni, encourages Hispanics to grow, cut, and donate their hair to benefit breast cancer patients.

Remembering Steve Jobs' Death Ignites Philanthropy

A self-proclaimed group of guerrilla fundraisers, dubbed iCancer, have started a campaign to raise the money needed to begin human trials of a treatment for those suffering with a neuroendocrine tumor - the type that led to Steve Jobs' death a year ago.

Mexico Orders HPV Vaccinations For 5th-Grade Girls

McClatchy Newspapers

Mexico on Wednesday launched a massive program to vaccinate fifth-grade girls against human papillomavirus, making it one of the few nations in the world with a universal campaign against the sexually transmitted virus.

Cancer Patients, Staff Show People What Makes Them 'Beautiful' in Music Video

CBS News

The staff and patients at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology want you to remember that you're beautiful - even if you're dealing with cancer.

70-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Tests His Mettle in Epic Journey for Charity

QMI Agency

This week, Bob Lee will embark on what he hopes will be a $1 million bike ride from Vancouver to Tijuana. This will be his third independent effort to raise money and awareness for three important causes, Cancer, ALS and Hospice care.

Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: A Different Kind of Healing

CBS Sunday Morning

As The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp celebrated its 25th summer, CBS Sunday Morning got a rare peek inside the special hideout that founder Paul Newman created for children with serious illnesses to experience "a different kind of healing."

Lance Armstrong Foundation Announces Results of Successful Cancer Campaign in Mexico

The Lance Armstrong Foundation's Comparte tu Historia campaign in Mexico has raised awareness about cancer, changed misperceptions about the disease and challenged the stigma and silence that surrounds the world's leading cause of death.

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