A FOUNDATION helping breast cancer patients recently celebrated its 19th anniversary and renewed its commitment to help indigent patients receive quality and timely breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.
“We thank all our donors and partners who have stood by us and our advocacy through nearly two decades. Our foundation’s focus moving forward is to form connections and partnerships so that we can help more underserved communities in the country by spreading health awareness, particularly on breast care for women,” said Ms. Malu Cortez-Del Rosario, founding chair of Kasuso Foundation, during a simple but meaningful gathering celebrating the group’s founding anniversary.
Established in January 2001, the Kasuso Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit, grassroots, volunteer-based organization, committed and dedicated to fight breast cancer and save lives. The foundation is the only patient advocate and support group that is based in a public hospital.
It supports and assists patients of the Breast Care Center of the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City. Its comprehensive Boobie Programs include Boobs Balita (patient education), Bantay Bukol (breast self-exam training and free breast screening), Bigay Buhay (facilitates access to funding surgical, oncological and radiological services), Bukas Bintana (free counseling), Balik Breast Care Center (surveillance to improve treatment success and reduce lost to follow-up cases), Bahay Bisita (supportive home and end-of-life care), Buhay Bahay (a halfway house to support patients from far-flung provinces receive treatment in Metro Manila), and Boobie Barkada (promote fellowships among patients/survivors and their families/caregivers).
“The Kasuso Foundation is blessed with so many passionate and generous people who are committed to our advocacy. Through their unstinting support, we are able to serve as a patient navigator that lays out the pathways for patients to journey through the entire breadth of the healthcare system continuum—from diagnosis, treatment, surveillance and follow-up,” Del Rosario added.
She cited the Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI) for helping the group to extend its breast care and health advocacy to patients living in remote barangays from Cagayan to South Cotabato. TSPI is a Christian microenterprise development NGO that offers a variety of financial and non-financial programs and services to help microentrepreneurs and farmers grow their enterprises.