September 24 to October 1, 2016 Mission Trip
Here's the story of one of our amazing and inspiring volunteers
One of the participants on the trip to Cali (Sept. 24-Oct 1) was Anne Ericson from Nashville, Tennessee. Anne works for American Breast Care. She is a breast cancer survivor and had a mastectomy 42 years ago. Anne and three other women fitted mastectomy patients for bras and prostheses which they brought with them from the U.S. and which were provided by American Breast Care. Near the end of the week, Anne fitted a woman with a bra but had run out of the proper size prosthesis. Anne reached into her blouse and removed her own prosthesis which was the correct size and gave it to the patient! Anne certainly went above and beyond what was required or expected, to make sure the patient had a good outcome. This is down to earth philanthropy.
Thank you Anne!
Dinner Fundraiser with Chef's Expressions
The pictures of our 2016 golf event are here!! Thank you everyone for your support and for an amazing day!
July 28,2016--As part of the tele-medicine cycle training program, our two teleconferences had an ample participation of health care professional from Red de Salud Ladera, Hospital Canaveralejo, E.S.E Centro and Hospital San Juan de Dios. Speakers: Dr. Teresa Diaz- "Conceptos basicos de displasia cervical" Dr. Juan Pablo Florez- "Conceptos generales para el tratamiento del cancer de mama"
June 2016 "Night Nation Run Stand Up to Cancer":
March 2016 Colombia Mission Trip
March 2016 Event at The Colombian Embassy in Washington D.C. with Susan G. Komen Foundation
September 2015 Cali and Buga Mission Trip
Medical Training Visit September 19-27 2015
June 2015 Conditioning For A Cause Event
Check the results here.
April 2015 Cali Mission
October 2014 Cali Mission
Download the presentation here [pptx].
Chipping For Cancer Care and Prevention 2014
On September 12, 2014 at Waverly Woods Golf Course 96 golfers gathered to enjoy a day of golf, good food and good fun to benefit PFCCAP. The event was our most successful to date! Over $67,000.00 was raised allowing us to help purchase a digital mammogram machine for Hospital Canaveralejo. The availability of the mammogram will be instrumental to our goal of increasing the early detection of breast cancer.
Thank you to all who attended, donated to or sponsored the event as well as to those who volunteered their time.
This year's event will be held on October 2, 2015. Mark your calendars now!!!!
Photo Gallery from April 2014 Trip to Cali
Cervical Medical Mission November 16 - 23, 2013
Advancing cervical cancer care in Cali: screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Advancing pathological reporting for cancer.
Principles of patient navigation for the early diagnosis and referral of patients with cancer.
Postoperative nursing care for patients with breast cancer.
Training guidelines for breast prosthesis fitting. Provided by American Breast Care.
A team composed by a Gynecologist Oncologist, a Surgical Oncologist, a pathologist, a nurse, a patient navigator and a breast prosthesis expert worked jointly with physicians, nurses, medical and administrative personnel to advance the treatment of cancer care at Hospital San Juan De Dios, in Cali, Colombia.
During this mission, our Medical Director Dr. Armando Sardi and his team, did an assessment of the current conditions of the developing cancer program, and came to the conclusion that although Hospital San Juan de Dios had improved in some areas, it had not yet complied with the basic necessary requirements to partner as an institution capable of developing the high quality holistic cancer program we have envisioned. A list of recommendations was given, and the Hospital will continue to work to better their conditions.
September 20, 2013
Golf Fundraiser event at the Waverly Woods Club, where once more we had a great time while supporting our program.March 2013: Capacity Building Program in Cali, Colombia
Under the leadership of Dr. Armando Sardi, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, 31 program volunteers including physicians, nurses and public health professionals provided technical training and support to local personnel at Hospital San Juan de Dios throughout the week. Areas of technical training included: surgical oncology, cytology, medical oncology and plastic surgery. PFCCAP provided over twenty on-site lectures on topics including the management of metastatic breast cancer and palliative medicine. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health and Associate Professor at Harvard, will be conducting a teleconference on the potential applications of telemedicine for breast and cervical cancer management in Colombia. To learn more about the program, please contact us.
September 2012: Chipping for Charity Golf Fundraiser
Thank you to the 85 golfers who joined us in our third annual Chipping for Charity Golf Fundraiser at Waverly Woods Golf Club! With your generous support, we raised more than $50,000 to fund our work this year. We are grateful to our sponsors of all levels who made this event possible, and to our lead organizer, Mr. Jack Baudistel, for his tireless volunteer service in support of PFCCAP.
American Cancer Society Global Cancer Control Awards $25,000 Grant for Women?s Cancer Education to Foundation in Cali, Colombia Founded By Mercy Medical Center Cancer Physician Dr. Armando Sardi
WHAT: The American Cancer Society?s Global Cancer Control department has awarded a $25,000 grant to a cancer foundation established by Armando Sardi, MD, in Cali, Colombia called Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (Fundación para la Prevención y Tratamiento del Cáncer).
WHO: Dr. Armando Sardi is a native of Colombia, a surgical oncologist and the medical director for the Institute of Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. He is also the medical director of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention in Cali, Colombia, which he helped found in 2011.
BACKGROUND: In 2006, Dr. Sardi travelled to Cali, Colombia with 28 volunteers to provide medical services to the community. Over the next six years, this regular mission to Colombia evolved into Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, which has helped more than 35,000 patients and is making a sustainable impact on health access in Cali.
Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention works to decrease the individual and community burdens of breast and cervical cancer by mitigating the obstacles women face during their cancer journey. Thanks to the Global Cancer Control grant from the American Cancer Society, the Fundación will scale up its cancer prevention work with primary care physicians of the Red de Salud Ladera, a network of low-complexity health providers serving vulnerable groups in Cali.
The grant is one of four awarded by the American Cancer Society to cancer control civil society organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico for a women?s cancer education program called All of Me, which was developed to offer girls and women appropriate and effective information to help reduce their risk of cervical and breast cancer. All of me aims to break down silos that address cervical cancer and breast cancer separately by engaging key health care settings that are poised to address women?s health more holistically.
For more information about the American Cancer Society?s Global Health program, see www.cancer.org/aboutus/globalhealth. To learn more about the Fundación, see www.pfccap.org.
About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society?s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We?re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We?re finding cures as the nation?s largest private, not-for- profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800- 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Conquer Cancer Foundation announces four inaugural grant recipients. Get the details here.
November 18, 2013
A new Video-Colposcope to improve the early diagnosis of cervical cancer was donated. Cost US$ 25,000
November 13, 2013
Our President and founder, Dr. Armando Sardi, was invited by the University of Massachusetts to participate in their cancer survivor day, and to give a presentation to the staff about the high quality cancer program for the underprivileged he is trying to build in a developing country, in order to replicate it in other countries around the world.
September 5, 2013
PFCCAP is honored to announce that our program has been
published in the ASCO Post, a premier publication which reaches
more than 67,000 oncology professionals!
June 6, 2013
PFCCAP is saddened to announce the passing of its co-founder
and loyal volunteer, Dr. Ruth Singer. Ruth served PFCCAP for
eight years, as both a leader and a program participant. Ruth
will be deeply missed by our entire team, and by all the
patients whose lives she touched.
Read a newly published article about PFCCAP's founder, Dr.
Armando Sardi, in Premio Internacional a la Excelencia Colombia
March 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Improving Cancer Care in Colombia
Baltimore, Maryland - March 14, 2013 - Colombia's First Lady María Clemencia Rodríguez visited Hospital San Juan de Dios, the oldest hospital in Colombia, on Tuesday, March 12, to support an initiative that focuses on improving access to breast and cervical cancer care for women with limited financial resources. This initiative, lead by Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (PFCCAP), Fundación para la Prevención y Tratamiento del Cáncer, and Hospital San Juan de Dios, brought 31 volunteers to Cali, Colombia this week in efforts to help lay the groundwork for a comprehensive cancer program.
Breast and cervical cancer combined kill more women than do HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Early detection is key; however, in Colombia, women are less than half as likely to get timely diagnostic services. This is particularly true among women with limited financial resources, who are forced to choose between the purchase of food for their families and the cost of transportation to urgent medical visits. PFCCAP is committed to building the capacity of the local health system to provide women with access to the cancer care that they deserve.
Under the leadership of Dr. Armando Sardi, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, program volunteers including physicians, nurses and public health professionals will provide technical training and support to hospital personnel throughout the week. Areas of technical training include: surgical oncology, cytology, medical oncology and plastic surgery.
PFCCAP will provide over twenty on-site lectures on topics including the management of metastatic breast cancer and palliative medicine. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health and Associate Professor at Harvard, will be conducting a teleconference on the potential applications of telemedicine for breast and cervical cancer management in Colombia.
Other partners include Nueva Vida, Inc., an internationally renowned patient navigation organization, who will collaborate with hospital staff and Fundación Salud, Vida y Bienestar to lay the groundwork for a cancer-specific patient navigation system in Cali. Once created, this will ensure that women receive continuous care care and protect them from being lost to follow-up.
Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (PFCCAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been providing medical support to underrepresented patient groups in Cali, Colombia since 2006. Through partnerships with organizations in U.S. and Colombia, PFCCAP is building a sustainable breast and cervical program that promotes early detection and preventive measures to reduce mortality rates. To date, PFCCAP has helped over 35,000 patients.Press:
March 12, 2013
Recent data about the burden of breast cancer in Cali, Colombia was discussed by Cali's Secretary of Health. Read More
December 5, 2012
Armando Sardi was recognized alongside 99 of Colombia's most influential expatriates by President Juan Manuel Santos. Read more
December 3, 2012
Please read and watch Public Radio International's coverage of the impact of cancer in Low and Middle-Income countries the world over!
November 15, 2012
Armando Sardi receives Colombian presidential honor in Bogotá - Read a press release about the event, first distributed in November, 2012.