In 2006, when he first returned to Cali, Colombia with 28 volunteers to provide medical services, Dr. Armando Sardi could not imagine the journey he would begin. From its humble beginnings, Dr. Sardi's six year- "Mission to Colombia" evolved into Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is now making a sustainable impact on health access in Cali.
To-date, we have helped over 35,000 patients. Along with the Colombian branch of our organization - Fundacion Para la Prevencion y el Tratamiento de Cancer - and the continuous support of people like you, and private and public organizations, we look forward to serving thousands more.
Are you a foundation leader, corporate funder or individual donor interested in supporting improved care for women in Cali? Read our executive summary [PDf] to learn more about our Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention.
The work of PFCCAP would not be possible without the generous support of grant funders, regular donors and individual contributors. We would like to acknowledge the following groups for supporting PFCCAP in our work to-date:
Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (2013)
Partners for Cancer Control and Prevention is led by President Dr. Armando Sardi, Vice President Dr. John Singer, and Treasurer Carlos Garcia. Our executive board is made of leadership professionals in the fields of public health nursing, surgical oncology, evaluation, nutrition, and law, and mental and emotional health. Please click the links below to learn more about each of our executive board members and organization leaders.
The lack of basic resources in this public Hospital has been identified as a major barrier in the achievement of our goals. Although we have been able to change the lives of many more women through our service, we must still continue to look for the ideal partner to develop the pilot program in order to be able to replicate it in other contexts similar to the one found in this Latin American country.
Meanwhile, the Susan Komen grant provided for navigation continues to be of tremendous service to the Colombian women, since this part of the cancer treatment process has been determined as key in this context. Navigators make sure patients follow their treatment instructions as well as provide them with the emotional support they need.
Armando Sardi, M.D., is the founder and president of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention. He serves as the director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy and as the chief of the Institute's Surgical Oncology Division. Dr. Sardi is an internationally renowned surgeon and one of the foremost surgical oncologists in the United States using Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (HIPEC), an aggressive treatment for patients with late stage, complex cancer diagnosis in the abdominal region. Dr. Sardi is a National Cancer Institute Clinical Investigator and is committed to conducting vital research leading to breakthroughs in the aggressive management of complex cancers. He has authored more than 120 medical publications and is a frequent public speaker on various topics in surgical oncology on both a national and international platform. Dr. Sardi obtained his Medical Degree from Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia - S.A. and completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at Ohio State University Hospital.
Dr. Sardi is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Sardi has served as the medical director for a yearly medical mission to Colombia, South America since 2006. As Dr. Sardi says, "Cancer has become a major cause of morbidity and mortality in my country. As a Colombian, I want to help improve early detection, access to care, and education concerning medical and social issues for women with breast and cervical cancer. We expect to make a real impact in the community as a whole."
Carlos F Garcia was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and has lived in the United States for the past thirteen years. After studying Business Administration at the College of William and Mary Mason School of Business, Carlos moved to Baltimore to play soccer for the Baltimore Blast. After nine seasons with the team and after winning four national championships, he retired from professional soccer in March of 2012. Carlos has ascended to positions of leadership in both the business world and the Latino community. He currently serves as an Assistant Vice President of Commercial Originations for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA and has provided years of support as a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Providers Network Board of Directors and other organizations during his tenure in Baltimore.
Carlos came to Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention to support Dr. Sardi's vision of building the organization so that it might become an influential participant in the fight against cancer in his beloved home country. He continues to support the organization through its fundraising efforts, his service as the PFCCAP Treasurer, and through support of the organization's many dedicated volunteers.
Christina Lee has always been passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives. When she had first heard about Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (previously known as United Hands for Health) in 2011, she was immediately intrigued by the ambitious goals that Dr. Sardi had envisioned for the organization. Since then, Christina has made it her goal to establish a sustainable marketing program that would result in the visibility and the credibility that the organization deserves. She works closely with the director, to ensure these marketing goals are aligned with the organization's vision. Christina believes that through the collaborative efforts of the executive team and dedicated volunteers, PFCCAP can truly improve healthcare access for not only the community of Cali, but potentially the whole country. It is truly amazing to see the impact that PFCCAP has already made in the lives of the underserved individuals in Cali, Colombia.
Christina is currently working for an international marketing company based in Baltimore, MD that focuses on food ingredients and nutraceuticals for export markets. While in college, she helped to start a student organization that provided educational and networking opportunities for students where she eventually served as President. During her free time between work and PFCCAP, Christina enjoys golf, snowboarding and yoga.
Mr. Abramson is currently a Principal in SDA Ventures, LLC, a firm focused on assisting emerging growth and middle-market companies, primarily in the health & wellness and nutritional products markets. Mr. Abramson, in conjunction with SDA Ventures, LLC, is a Senior Advisor to Paine & Partners, LLC, a global private equity investment firm. Mr. Abramson is also currently a Senior Advisor to DSM Nutritional Products, a global leader in nutrition and nutrition innovation. From September 2006 to October 2011, Mr. Abramson served as President of Martek Biosciences Corporation. He joined Martek in 2003 to lead the Business Development department.
Prior to joining Martek, he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for U.S. Foodservice (1996 - 2003). In addition, Mr. Abramson was also the Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs at Ahold, U.S.A. (2000 - 2003). Mr. Abramson also served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Foodservice from 1994-2003. Prior to joining U.S. Foodservice, Mr. Abramson was the President of a corporate law firm based in Columbia, Maryland, Levan, Schimel, Belman & Abramson, P.A, which is now part of Miles & Stockbridge. Mr. Abramson specialized in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions. He has also served on the board of numerous non-profit community organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Howard County General Hospital- A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Abramson became involved with Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention because of his deep concern for the devastating impact of cancer on society, particularly in developing countries, along with his great admiration and respect for Dr. Sardi.
David Eberhardt is a principal at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. in Baltimore, Maryland. Miles & Stockbridge P.C. is a leading law firm located within the mid-Atlantic region, which represents businesses of various sizes, from global companies to emerging businesses. David's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, general business counseling and other transactional matters. David co-leads the firm's Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Team, which uses the firm's deep, practical understanding of the business and legal issues companies in those industries face and solutions for managing those issues to build relationships in which the firm becomes the clients' trusted advisor. Prior to his current position, David served as executive vice president and general counsel of US Foods, one of America's premier foodservice distributors. There, he performed both the legal and risk management functions of the company and was a member of and advisor to the executive leadership team.
David's wife is a parish nurse and facilitates a cancer support group, which has given him a greater appreciation of both the widespread impact of cancer and the importance of efforts to improve early detection and treatment of cancer. This awareness makes the opportunity to support the PFCCAP mission as a board member meaningful to David. David's background as a business lawyer and counselor, and as a present or past member of the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, provides him with the skills to advise the board on governance and legal issues.
Henry Valeri has an extensive background in project and program management. After serving as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, "Enrico" joined the Department of the Army as a civilian. After performing in a wide range of management positions at the Army Electronics Command, he was assigned to the position of Program Chief for a joint service multinational weapons program before moving to Maryland to assume a new position as Director of Program Management for the Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command. After retiring from federal service, he remains active as a management consultant, primarily in the areas of cost and economic analysis and project management. Enrico has a bachelor's degree in Geology from Rutgers University and an MBA from the New York University School of Business Administration.
Enrico and his wife Barbara greatly admire and respect the efforts of Dr. Sardi and his team on behalf of the women of Colombia. A personal cancer experience gave them greater insight into the urgent need for the assistance offered and envisioned by the Partnership and resulted in their active participation in its work. They look forward to helping the team achieve its objectives.
Dr. John Singer is a co-founder of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, and has been involved in the organization and its surgical services in Cali, Colombia since its inception. In his career leading up to his present leadership of PFCCAP, John served as the head of the surgery residency program at Saint Agnes Hospital for nearly 30 years. He is an accomplished writer and editor of a national academic surgery journal, and an experienced leader of his peers with a 6-year tenure as the Maryland governor reporting to the American College of Surgeons.
When asked why he is so tireless in his dedication to PFCCAP, Dr. Singer states, "I feel that it is very important for the more fortunate to give back… to leave the planet better than we found it." John is an outstanding example of this.
Leah Hart is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, an aspiring public health professional, an oncology nurse, and an employee of JHPIEGO, an international NGO that focuses on women's health. Leah is passionate about reducing breast and cervical cancer in the developing world through preventative measures such as vaccination, education, early detection and intervention, as well as promoting community self-efficacy.
Leah first heard about the work of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention during her job interview at Mercy Medical Center when Dr. Armando Sardi met her and discovered that Leah is fluent in Spanish. She was excited about the work of the organization, traveled to Colombia for the first time in March 2012 and joined the board shortly after. Leah lives in Baltimore City and currently spends the little free time afforded between school and work urban gardening and training for a marathon.
Leonard Condon is a native of Boston, MA, and President of LWC Trade Consulting LLC. He provides advice on international trade, specializing in agricultural matters. For more than three decades, he was a U.S. Government official, serving at both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, during the latter half of his public career, at the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he was a lead U.S. agricultural trade negotiator.
Leonard came to Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention because of his admiration for Colombia and its people and his commitment to deepening the U.S.-Colombia relationship. Having participated in the 2011 and 2012 PFCCAP Missions to Colombia, he continues to support the organization since he "…has witnessed first-hand the incredible impact PFCCAP is having in improving health care and building people-to people relationships."
Mavalynne Orozco-Urdaneta is a native of Colombia, South America who was raised in many cities around the world. Through exposure to diverse cultures and to the complex challenges faced by both people and organizations, Mavalynne became inspired to apply her business and marketing background to support non-profit organizations.
To her current work as President of the Colombia Chapter of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, Mavalynne brings more than twenty years of experience in service to Colombia's most marginalized communities. Her Masters in Family Therapy allowed her to deepen her knowledge of health system dynamics, and equipped her to support clients and families through counseling and systemic therapeutic approaches. Mavalynne also attended the College of Executive Coaching and is a certified personal and executive coach. In addition to her work with Partners for Cancer Care and prevention, Mavalynne currently works at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland as a cancer support associate. Mavalynne's extensive training and experience have enabled her to act as a skilled advocate as well as a program leader. Her knowledge of health disparities stems from ground-level engagement with women with breast and cervical cancer, from the time of diagnosis through their deaths. Since founding Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention in Colombia, South America, Mavalynne has built a staff including a team of patient navigators, has worked to equip public hospitals with diagnostic tools, has supported the foundation in providing wigs and breast prostheses to over 100 women, has coordinated the training of over 100 medical providers and students in the management of breast and cervical cancer, and has secured national attention for the foundation's endeavors. Her commitment to advancing cancer care for women living in poverty is unwavering. Of her work, she says "It is noble to want to pursue change in the world. It is wise to start changing oneself. It is necessary to work together to make a difference." Mavalynne is honored, every day, to be able to work alongside women like her beloved patient Luz Clemencia, the face of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, who concluded her courageous battle with breast cancer in 2012 and who continues to drive the foundation's work. Mavalynne is grateful to support women in their struggles for survival as the leader of the Colombia chapter of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, and eager to support the organization's development into the future.
Tom is Co-Founder and Principal of Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) and Managing Director of Nutrition Business Advisors, a strategic advisory firm focused on the nutrition industry. NCN (nutritioncapital.com) is focused on connecting Nutrition/LOHAS companies with sources of growth capital. Mr. Aarts is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) (nutritionbusiness.com) which is regarded as the premier business intelligence publication in the 115 Billion dollar nutrition industry. He also founded and is the Co-Chair of The NBJ Summit (nbjsummit.com), the premier CEO/executive retreat for the nutrition industry. Prior to this, Mr. Aarts was a Founding Partner of Health Business Partners, an investment banking and consulting firm serving the natural products industry.
Tom has more than 22 years experience in management consulting, M&A transactions, capital raising and strategic market research. Mr. Aarts has managed sales of many nutrition companies and has advised the CEOs of leading nutrition industry companies on their strategy and acquisitions, including GNC, Martek, Nestle, Bayer, Herbalife and Cargill. Mr. Aarts sits on several Boards, including Vitamin Angels, a non-profit whose mission is to provide vital nutrients (e.g. Vitamin A, multis) to children and women in need. He is a graduate of Colgate University and completed his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.