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Lourdes an Event Sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Pennsauken
Story Number is : 120417124
Lourdes Health System

In the Survivor’s Tent, messages of support, encouragement, wisdom are hung for patients currently in treatment.
Sister Marge Sullivan, executive director, LIFE at Lourdes; and Efrain Santos, specialist at LIFE at Lourdes, with Santos’ design for the Lourdes Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team t-shirt. Santos won the Lourdes contest for the second year in a row.
For the fourth year in a row, Lourdes was an event sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk of Pennsauken, hosting the Survivor Tent. The annual walk honors those touched by the breast cancer and raises awareness and funds to save lives from the disease. The American Cancer Society funds innovative breast cancer research; promotes education and risk reduction; and provides comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Lourdes team raised more than $1,000. The team wore shirts designed by Efrain Santos, specialist at LIFE at Lourdes, a unique program that assists elders to live safely at home while providing them with a team of healthcare experts. Santos won Lourdes Making Strides t-shirt design contest for the second year in a row.

The inspiration behind Santos’s submission was his grandmother. He says, “Goyita was a woman who from a very early age realized that life would not be easy for her, being a single mother of eleven children, she lacked from some necessities in life such as water, electricity and even food. She had to fight with her entire being to raise her eleven children and also help in raising some of her nieces and nephews. Over the years she realized that the biggest fight and greatest battle was when she was diagnosed with cancer. She survived and lived to tell her story but also became blind because of her illness. That is why the painting's eyes come with the lines which express the pain of my grandmother for losing her eyesight, the lips that are not finished mean that many times when you ask someone ‘how do you feel, they always say, I am fine,’ but that's half the truth. This painting is dedicated to all those women who fight day to day with an illness or for a cause.”

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