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March 5-9, 2018. Mission Trip to Cali, Colombia.

We are happy to share with you some images of our last medical mission with patients and training of health personnel that took place at E.S.E Norte in Cali. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the mission was a success! We are increasingly convinced that working as a team for the benefit of the community is the right path. Together we are part of the solution!

From left to right: Gloria Anais, Director of Health Promotion, ESE Norte; Karen Casañas, Scientific Director, ESE Norte; Juliana Afanador, Medical Coordinator, ESE Norte; Maria Piedad Echeverry, Director, ESE Norte; Armando Sardi, Surgical Oncologist and Founder of FPTC-PFCCAP; Paola Ossa, Medical Director, FPTC; Luis Parra, Young Scholar ACS-FPTC; Tracy Erb, Mammography technologist, PFCCAP; David Gallo, Navigator-FPTC; John Singer, Surgeon-PFCCAP; Diana Ochoa, Head Nurse, Cancer Program-ESE Norte;  Leidy Salazar, Patient Follow-up coordinator, ESE Norte; Luz Adriana Legarda, Mammography technologist, ESE Norte; Lycy Flor, Nurse Aid Breast Program, Red Norte; Andrés Pérez, FPTC Coordinator; Mavalynne Orozco, FPTC President.

Natalia Guevara, Dr. Gale Sisney, Karen Casañas, Juliana Afanador, Gloria Anaís, Diana Ochoa. 

Dr. Armando Sardi – PFCCAP President and Founder; Dr. Alexander Durán – Health Secretary of Cali; Dr. María Piedad Echeverry - Director E.S.E Norte

Dr. Paola Ossa – Medical Coordinator FPTC; Dr. Armando Sardi - PFCCAP President and Founder; Dr. Alexander Durán - Health Secretary of Cali; Dr. María Piedad Echeverry - Director E.S.E Norte

November 13-15, 2017. World Cancer Leaders' Summit, “Cities driving change”. Mexico City.

Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention was present at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Mexico City! One of its main objectives is to raise awareness among leading decision makers to ensure cancer is a global health priority and provide a forum for organizations to exchange information and innovative ideas. Click on the link below to learn more! eaders-summit

Dr. Armando Sardi, President of Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, and Mavalynne Orozco-Urdaneta, President of Fundación para la Prevención y Tratamiento del Cáncer, invited to the World Cancer Leaders Summit in Mexico to share and learn strategies for global cancer control.

Dr. Sardi and Mavalynne, with the First Lady of Belize -breast cancer survivor- who invited PFCCAP to conversations in the development of the breast and cervical cancer control plan of her country. What an honor to be of service to local and global communities!

With Dr. Alexander Durán, Health Secretary of Cali, leader of the “cities driving change” challenge. Hopefully the changes that are needed in the city of Cali can be made. Together, we can make a difference and be part of the solution!

Dr. Sardi and Mavalynne with Mr. Gary Reedy, CEO American Cancer Society USA and his wife, Cindy.

Dina Mired, Princess of Jordan

Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize

Enrique Peña Nieto. President of Mexico

Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay and Ambassador of C/Can 2025 City Cancer Challenge

Prof. Sanchia Aranda, President UICC, Australia.

Interview with Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti, on “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”

World Health Organization (WHO) address by Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO

PAHO address by Dr. Francisco Becerra, Assistant Director PAHO.

Closing address of the World Cancer Leaders Summit by Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain.

Dr. Armando Sardi, Rosa Villoche-Santiago (ACS), Mavalynne, Jacqui Drope (ACS), Ambassador Sally G. Cowal (Senior Vice President Global Cancer Control ACS), Dr. Arnold Baskies (Chair ACS Board of Directors), Paul (Young Scholar), Mr. Gary Reedy (CEO – ACS USA), Mrs. Cindy Reedy

September 25-30, 2017. Mission trip and Gala. Cali, Colombia.

September 15, 2017. Thank you everyone for supporting our fundraising Golf event!

July 2017. Support of Millenium Natural Systems.

Millenium Natural Systems and his President Luis Fernando Mena, with the women of his team and patients of PFCCAP supporting with his NATURAL products the most precious treasure of Colombia: its women.

July 2017. Expansion of the program to Santander.

Spectacular welcome of the community of Santander to PFCCAP's expansion of the program.

Dr. John Singer, Board Chair of PFCCAP, with the local team of Santander.

The wonderful attitude of the local Hospital of Piedecuesta, upon the arrival of the project that benefits its community.

Dr. Jairo Nuñez, Director del Hospital Local de Piedecuesta

The state of Santander's commitment to the project!

The image chosen by the First Lady of the state of Santander, for cancer promotion and prevention.

May 2017. Cali, Colombia

Our director, Mavalynne, and some of the beautiful patients PFCCAP has supported, promoting our gala dinner fundraiser taking place September 28 in Cali!

Luis Fernando Mena and his business - Natural Systems - supporting PFCCAP's efforts and protecting Colombia's women!

The great designer Sonia Heilbron, Micky Calero, and Rosa and Fredy Marin, supporting with all of their professionalism and passion the efforts of PFCCAP to help Colombian women fight cancer!

Sonia Heilbron, internationally renowned jewelry designer, joining forces with PFCCAP for the benefit of Colombian women!

Four of the beautiful and brave Colombian women who have benefited from PFCCAP's services!

Jeison Aristizabal - CNN Hero - and his mother Maria Emilia Aristizabal have partnered with PFCCAP to educate Colombian women about cancer. Together, we can make a difference!

April 2017 - Conferences in Santander

Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention promoting Dr Raul Erazo's and Andréz Perez's conferences in Santander. Excellent turn out! 72 people, directors of HMO's, local hospitals, secretaries of health of 6 municipalities, the State Secretary and Santander's first lady.
PFCCAP working with love and dedication for women in Colombia and in the world!

March 30, 2017

Our expansion program to Santander began! First training session in the auditorium of the Piedecuesta Hospital. There were 32 attendees, including physicians, nurses, nurse aides, and radiology technicians. The Director of the Hospital, Dr. Jairo Nuñez, was present.

March 11 to 18, 2017 Mission Trip

Another successful medical visit to Colombia. Thank you to all participants! Dr. Gale Sisney, Wendy Marshall, Anne Ericson, Emily Loeffler, Tauane Cruz, Larisa Caicedo, Stephanie Davidson, Antonia Piedrahita and Dr. John Singer.

We are grateful for the presence of Tauane Cruz, representative of our biggest sponsor, the Susan G. Komen foundation.

A special thank you to Dr. Raul Erazo from Imbanaco Medical Center for his valuable participation in the implementation of this program.

Workshop with the leaders of the project expansion to Santander: Dr Rivero, Dr Orejarena, Dr Uribe, Dr. Malaver, Dr. Nuñez, Dr. Duarte, nurse Castellanos, Marta Duran and Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, in representation of the ministry of health.

American Breast Care made a generous donation of bras and prostheses that were professionally fitted by their representative, Anne Ericson, and her volunteers.

Larisa Caicedo, specialist in patient navigation, training 150 employees at Imbanaco Medical Center.

Thank you to WigsWithoutBorders and Soul Ryeders for making so many Colombian women smile!

Directives of PFCCAP with the scholarship recipient, Luis Gabriel Parra, who elaborated the winning proposal with the support of two of the doctors who volunteer at the foundation, Farah El-Sharkawy and Carlos Muñoz. A special thank you to ACS and MERCK for making this possible.

March 17, 2017

Directives of PFCCAP with the scholarship recipient, Luis Gabriel Parra, who elaborated the winning proposal with the support of two of the doctors who volunteer at the foundation, Farah El-Sharkawy and Carlos Muñoz. A special thank you to ACS and MERCK for making this possible.

February 10, 2017

Thanks to all participants for their proposals! We are proud to announce the winner of the PFCCAP and ACS-All of Me scholarship. Read More!

January 25, 2017

Visit of our Executive Director Mavalynne Orozco-Urdaneta to the state of Santander to start the expansion of the cancer program. Meeting with the First Lady of the State, Mrs. Priscilla Santos; the State Secretary of Health, Dr. Luis Alejandro Rivero and his team Dr. Javier Orejarena, Dr. Nydia Malaverk, Dr. Luz Marina Uribe, Ms. Yuribeth Calderon; the Dean of Medicine of the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Dr. Fabio Bolivar Grimaldos; the director of the physiotherapy program at the Universidad de Santander, Martha Liliana Hijuelos and the quality control coordinator Diana Marcela Niño; the director of the Hospital local de Piedecuesta, Dr. Jairo Augusto Nuñez Hartmann.

Very special thanks to the president and clinical coordinators of LAUGHH foundation, Francie Stoner and Gisella Alvarez for facilitating these meetings, and to Martha Duran and Sergio Torres Barrera for their hospitality and networking skills.

Thank you Santander for your warmth, hospitality, and commitment to the women of Colombia, their children and their families!

At the Universidad de Santander

At Universidad Industrial de Santander with the Dean of the School of Health, Dr. Fabio Bolivar Grimaldos

Pink Office at Unidad Materno Infantil Santa Teresita - Women’s Health Center, under the direction of Dr. Juan Eduardo Duran (director of Bucaramanga’s Health Institute)

State House of Santander with the first lady, secretary of health, and their great team. Interview with the Foundation’s director.

November 2016

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 To learn more about the Fundación, see

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


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

From left to right: Andres Perez - navigator coordinator for pfccap sponsored by Susan Komen, Luis Ramirez - member of the board of pfccap sister organization, Dr Mauricio Gonzalez - director of oncology department of Colombia's Ministry of Health, Mavalynne Orozco-Urdaneta - president of Fundacion prevencion y Tratamiento del cancer (pfccap sister organization)

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!!!!

October 2014

April 2014

Photo Gallery from April 2014 Trip to Cali

March 2014

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

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.

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 20, 2013

Golf Fundraiser event at the Waverly Woods Club, where once more we had a great time while supporting our program.

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!,-2013/program-aims-to-overcome-barriers-to-early-cancer-care-in-colombia.aspx

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.,0,2284613.story

May 2013

Read a newly published article about PFCCAP's founder, Dr. Armando Sardi, in Premio Internacional a la Excelencia Colombia Exterior!

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.

March 14, 2013


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.

Plan presented in Cali against breast cancer
First Lady of the Nation visited the hospital in Cali
First Lady of the Nation announced campaigns against cancer in Cali
Primera Lady of the Nation, knows the program to prevent and Treating Cancer in Santiago de Cali.

Donan 3000 prótesis y 1200 pelucas para afectadas por cáncer de mama en Cali
First Lady of the Nation in Cali

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.

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.

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