New “Pink Room” offers solidarity and support for breast cancer fighters
A major new initiative to help those affected by breast cancer has been officially opened in Adeje and is set to benefit a huge number of people.
The new “Sala Rosa/Pink Room” is a dream come true for the team behind the annual “Carrera por la vida” or “Race for Life” which always turns its Tenerife venue into a sea of pink.
More than 120 guests attended the official opening which was conducted by the Mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.
The Pink Room is situated in the Adeje region of Las Nieves and specifically in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (School of Security and Co-existence).
The aim is to give support in all kinds of ways to individuals and families affected by breast cancer.
“It is important that in Adeje, and in the region in general, we have a space of reference for all these people fighting, suffering and coming out ahead,” said the Mayor.
He also stressed how vital it was that as many people as possible should be informed about prevention and early detection, as well as eradicitng taboos and to provide accurate information.
Thanking those involved in the project, including many who had fought their own battle against breast cancer and other volunteers, the Mayor invited everyone to create a large nucleos of solidarity and mutual support.
“Together we can achieve a lot and the municipality of Adeje will always be there,” he said.
Guests at the opening included councillor for health prevention and quality of life, Amada Trujillo Bencomo and head of the Race for Life group, Brigitte Gypen who had first mooted the idea during a radio interview on Adeje English Time.
Calling for volunteers, she said: “The message we want to send today is: we need you because we need people to make it work. “
The Pink Room was created with the clear aim of support and awareness of breast cancer. It brings together professional volunteers, affected people, families and the general public. They will talk about all issues surrounding breast cancer including help, economic assistance and the importance of funding to further research, treatment and eventually, possible eradication.
Health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said it was intended to be a rallying point to provide chat, information, solidarity and counselling and above all, prevention as one in eight women could get breast cancer.
Adeje has always had firm support for the fight against breast cancer and since 2006, has run the “Mucho por Vivir” programme jointly with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) which helps women who have had mastectomies. This is based at the Los Olivos Centre of Attention for Disability.
The council also offers a free psychological service for women suffering from the disease and works closely with the project Kilómetro Solidario which moves people to various locations so they can receive whatever treatment necessary.
The Mayor said they were also working on other services, projects and grants.
The new Pink Room is open to all, regardless of nationality and without any language barriers because it is regarded as an international club because cancer has no preferences.
A helpful site is http://www.carreraporlavida.com/
Brigitte has told the Tenerife News: “We will open for the public as of November 1st every Monday from 10.30am to 6pm. The contact number “Pink Phone” is 674 352 002 as of October 10th. People can also write to the Pink Room via:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We will keep everyone informed via de FaceBook page Carrera por la Vida. It is important to know that we will need the next few months to get started, get contacts, get volunteers etc and hopefully then will be able to open more days in the week.”