SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Take it to heart.
When the subject turns to the risk of breast cancer, Campesinos Sin Fronteras wants women in south Yuma County to do exactly that.
The San Luis-based nonprofit organizations that serves farmworker families is organizing a weeklong public campaign to educate women about breast cancer and how to prevent it through early detection.
The second annual campaign — dubbed “Tomalo a Pecho,” or “Take It to Heart” — kicks off Wednesday with a march through San Luis, followed by a community forum that will held for residents to learn more about breast cancer prevention.
A fundraising breakfast in Somerton to benefit cancer prevention and other events are also planned. The activities are open to the public.
Flor Redondo, programs director for Campesinos Sin Fronteras, sees breast cancer education as an ongoing effort of the agency, which provides a variety of social services for low-income Latino families around as well as farmworkers around the county.
“It is always going to be a challenge to promote awareness about cancer,” she said. “Our communities are very mobile, and our youth are growing up, so it's indispensable that they be informed. We hope to be able to keep this campaign going permanently.”
The march, designed to call attention to cancer detection and prevention, will kick off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday along 6th Avenue on the city's west side. It will proceed north to Juan Sanchez Boulevard, concluding at the city's Fernando Padilla Community Center.
After the march, the community forum will take place at the center, with the key speaker being Dr. Ramon Castellanos, a gynecologist and obstetrician in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., whose specialties include breast cancer detection and treatment. His talk is scheduled at around 11 a.m.
The observance continues with a fundraising breakfast Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Somerton Community Center, 805 Main St.. Cost is $10, and proceeds go to a fund to help cancer victims and their families.
The campaign concludes May 9 with Expo Mujer in the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in San Luis, 1015 N. Main St., where the public can learn about area businesses that cater to women. It takes place from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Taking part in the Tomalo a Pecho campaign with Campesinos Sin Fronteras are the cities of San Luis and Somerton and the Mexican Consulate in Yuma. For more information about the campaign, call Campesinos Sin Fronteras at 627-1060.