Women's Global Cancer Alliance

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October 29, 2018Inspired By Sisterhood by admin

OCTOBER 29, 2018—Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.   Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.   Reading about Henrietta Lacks and her unwitting contribution to medical science is an experience. But participating in a discussion about Henrietta’s story and its applications today was remarkable.   The Louisville Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority invited WGCA to participate in its Art of Literacy Book Club Health Fair on Oct. 28. WGCA Founder Dr. Bob Hilgers shared the challenges of cancer prevention and care in low-resource countries as well as impoverished areas of the U.S.   Sharing WGCA’s story with an outstanding group of engaged, bright women gives us renewed energy to continue our work. Their concern for and interest in the well-being of women in low-resource countries as well as those in their own communities is inspiring.   Our thanks to the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta for the opportunity to participate with them in this important event.

October 27, 2018Once Is Not Enough by admin

OCT. 27, 2018: Make no mistake about it, these guys like to cycle. Riding 1,600 miles is fun for them, but they gave their epic 17-day pedal-fest from Minneapolis to New Orleans a purpose. They turned it into a fundraiser for WGCA. The FivexFives cyclists, led by Columbus, Ohio-based Jim Frey, are significant contributors to constructing and operating WGCA’s clinic in Haiti. All because they wanted to ride bikes and make a difference. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, WGCA is proud and humbled to recognize their tireless generosity and commitment to impacting cancer in low-resource countries. On behalf of the families we serve in Haiti, our clinic staff and our council board, thanks a million, Jim, Geoff, Dick and Roger!

           

October 26, 2018It’s WGCA10 Day! by admin

OCT. 26, 2018: WGCA is celebrating 10 years of impacting cancer and saving lives. On WGCA 10 Day today, we’re reflecting on the many individuals and organizations that have been part of our accomplishments. To you, we dedicate WGCA10 Day with our gratitude for your support of our mission. Here’s to 10 more years of helping more families in low-resource countries across the globe live healthy lives!

October 24, 2018How Do You Spend Your Weekends? by admin

OCT. 24, 2018: WGCA Founder Dr. Robert Hilgers spent last weekend in Neenah, Wisconsin talking about the prevalence of cervical cancer in low-resource countries. Hosted by First Presbyterian Church Neenah Dr. Bob spoke to older adults and the church’s Bergstrom Committee about the connection between cervical cancer and poverty.   How do you spend your weekends?

October 10, 2018A Legacy of Service by admin

OCT. 10, 2018: WGCA proudly announces the appointment of our founder Dr. Robert Hilgers as an honored member of the Haitian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SHOG). Dr. Bob was selected for his work to prevent and treat pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix in Haiti and dedication to the progress of Haitian women. Congratulations, Dr. Bob!

October 10, 2018Saving Lives for 10 Years by admin

  October 10, 2018–In 2008 a collection of committed individuals and health organizations from around the world banded together with a single goal: to reduce instances of cervical cancer among women in low-resource countries. And, the Women’s Global Cancer Alliance was born and established its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. During the first 10 years, WGCA focused on impacting cancer in Haiti, where 90 percent of the population have no access to cancer treatment or screening services and thousands of women suffered needlessly from preventable cervical cancer. WGCA funded and constructed the only women’s cancer screening and treatment clinic in Gonaives, Haiti. The staff of local health care professionals has screened more than 2,000 women against cervical cancer, saving lives through early detection and treatment of a deadly disease. To help local families stay healthy and receive needed medical services, WGCA provided $95,000 to support a children’s hospital and clinic in Gonaives. Through our relationships with local government and community leaders, WGCA is expanding care and services to offer HPV testing and vaccinations to more people in Gonaives and surrounding communities. Thanks to the generosity of donors from around the world, WGCA is impacting cancer every day. To join us in saving lives, click here.

October 4, 2018Last Week in Haiti by admin

OCTOBER 1, 2018—Last week our clinic in Gonaives saw seven women from Leogane. They invested $6 to $8 USD each for a 6-hour one-way ride in a cramped second-hand school bus with no air-conditioning or security protection. Women also travel to our clinic from Port Au Prince and other neighboring towns after being referred by local health care providers.

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