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Cancer de Mama Clinic

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

The mission of the Cancer de Mama group is to provide a service that is part of the healing process for survivors of breast cancer.

Project founder Jackie Jackson, from Enderby BC, is a breast cancer survivor. She was fortunate to be able to purchase a prosthesis and her emotional healing began right away.

When Jackie learned there was very limited help for Mexican women, she decided to bring donations and supplies to the women in Nayarit. In 1996, Jackie gave away 28 prostheses. That was the beginning of Cancer de Mama.

Today, with the help of over 100 volunteers (men and women!), Cancer de Mama provides free prosthesis, funds medical expenses, helps with after surgery counselling and physical therapy, provides wigs, scarves and hats for Mexican women. A three day workshop is held annually in La Peñita. This clinic helps in all areas of dealing with this disease, giving women compassion, hope and encouragement.

Women come from all over the State of Nayarit. While the need seems endless, we have never turned a single woman away. We want to continue that tradition and ensure an everlasting supply of support for these women – all of whom are survivors.

Last year, the Cancer de Mama clinic provided help for more than 300 women. We expect the need to be even greater this year.

How You Can Help Cancer de Mama

The Cancer de Mama clinic cannot happen without the help of over a hundred volunteers – people just like you!

If you are going to be in the La Peñita area during our annual clinic (normally in February) and would like to help, please contact the appropriate co-ordinator for the committee you are interested in, or fill out the contact form and indicate how you would like to help.

If you won't be in the area during the clinic, you can still help out. We always need knitters/crocheters/sewers, donations of goods to stock our free store & clinic, and cash donations!

If you would like to donate materials, please see our wish list of needed items below. Not sure how to get them to us? One option in donating bras to the cause is dropping them off at Malary's Fashion Network, 5755 - 176 Street in Cloverdale, or call (604) 574-6402. Malary's will gladly give you a $10 Gift Certificate that can be used on your own TAB Custom-fitted Bra purchase. For other locations, please contact us.

Our Wish List for Donations:

  • Gently used bras (Please make sure bras are clean, and have NO UNDERWIRE, NO FOAM CUPS, NO DEMI CUPS)
  • Gently used prosthetic bras
  • Gently used prosthetic forms
  • Knitted or crocheted tit bits (patterns available)

The "Wig Shack" is looking for donations of wigs, hats, pretty scarves, lipstick, blush, mascara, foundation etc. Please contact Yvonne Trottier at or Diane Sabourin at

For the free store (please make sure your donations are washed and clean):

  • Warm clothes
  • Jackets
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Any clean, gently used clothes

Knitting materials:

  • Light colored cotton blend yarns
  • Soft knitting materials (used for tit bit prosthesis)

Sewing materials:

  • Knit stretch fabric in white, off white & black
  • Stretch lace, 4" wide, any color
  • Black and white thread, large spools
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Sundries used in sewing projects

Makeup for the Look Good, Feel Great Makeovers:

  • Good quality lipstick
  • Any new makeup
  • Sponges/application products

Kitchen Items:

  • Food
  • Tea towels
  • Cutlery

If you would like to assist the Cancer de Mama clinic by making a cash donation, all donations can be made through the Jaltemba Foundation. Your donations will be used to buy supplies for the clinic, and support breast cancer survivors in need.

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 413

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The National Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, held the first-ever National Hispanic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (NHBCAD) through churches across America.

Obesity, Diabetes Raise Mexico's Breast Cancer Risk

Latin American Herald Tribune

The obesity suffered by 30 percent of Mexico’s adult population, and diabetes, considered the principal cause of death, increase the risk of breast cancer in this country, specialist Enrique Gimenez Jimeno said.

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.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when health care experts, cancer survivors and research supporters pull out all the stops to make everyone aware of the need for proper breast cancer screenings, better detection tools and more research aimed at finding a cure.

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer: Choose Your Peak and Support Cancer Research

Virtual Strategy

The 16th annual Climb to Fight Breast Cancer offers adventurers a distinctive way to honor loved ones and dedicate funds to breast cancer research this October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Vote to Spare Animals From Research and Help Women Fight Breast Cancer

Greener Ideal

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women in the United States. Only very few species aside from humans develop the disease. So why do so many animals end up suffering because of a disease they don't naturally develop?

Cancer Surpasses Heart Disease as Cause of Death Among Hispanics

Los Angeles Times

Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Latinos in the United States, surpassing deaths due to heart disease, researchers reported Monday. The development is expected to eventually be seen in society overall.

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.

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.

Marvel Superheroes Help Fight Breast Cancer

The Special Edition of the famous comics is intended to raise funds that will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in helping to find a cure for breast cancer.

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