My inspiration of the week- Wanda Klor, Health Care Advocate

Friday, July 29, 2011

While there seems to be no limit about what I could possibly write about (debt ceiling negotiations, National Health Center Week, the elimination of Adult Day Health Centers in California, etc.), I would be remiss to not at least mention in this week’s blog entry an amazing, inspiring woman I’ve met thanks to my work at the Partnership named Wanda Klor.

Since 2009, Wanda has organized an annual charity event, the Portera Commons Community Celebration, a fundraiser to benefit her favorite causes.  Fortunately for us, Community Health Partnership’s Community Mammography Access Projecet (CMAP) is one of them!  The Portera Commons Community Celebration is Wanda’s origination; she founded the event from scratch.   She wanted to offer a different type of fundraiser- one that was for all members of the community, that didn’t require people to purchase a $100 dinner ticket or a ball gown.  

One of the many inspiring qualities about Wanda is her deep commitment to helping those in need.  After winning her battle with breast cancer, she wanted to find a way to provide other women with the same opportunity.  Upon conducting an online search, she found Community Health Partnership, and learned about our Community Mammography Access Project (CMAP).  CMAP provides mammography services to women 40 and older not able to afford it.  Reflecting upon her experience, she decided that this was a service she wanted to raise money for.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when breast cancer is detected early, as in Wanda’s case, there is a 5 year survival rate of 98%.  However, if you are uninsured, the average cost of receiving a mammography is $300.  If you are unemployed or are struggling to make ends meet, $300 is cost prohibitive.  Imagine needing a mammography, not knowing if you have cancer, and not having the means to pay for it. 

Last year, thanks to Wanda Klor’s Portera Commons fundraiser, 25 women in Santa Clara County who needed a mammography received one through CMAP.  Imagine the impact of possibly saving 25 women’s lives.  What an inspiring example of health care advocacy. 

National Breast Cancer Awareness month is three months away in October.  October also happens to be the month of Wanda’s birthday.  2011 also marks her 13th year being cancer-free.  Wanda will be celebrating these occasions with us in October by riding with us in our mobile mammography van. 

We’re really looking forward to it.