One in 11 women in Cancun will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives and 10 women die from breast cancer in Mexico every day. The state of Quintana Roo has one of the highest levels of cervical-uterine cancer in the country and rates of other types of cancer are also rising. Being diagnosed with this terrible disease is devastating but how much more so when you have no one to turn to and no money to pay for the life-saving treatment you so desperately need?
The Royal Resorts Foundation works with Grupo Desafio de Quintana Roo in the fight against cancer. It helps fund a cancer awareness campaign and vital medical studies and treatments for patients who cannot afford to pay for them.
Founded in 1999 by a group of women who fought their own battle with cancer, Grupo Desafio de Quintana Roo, A.C. started life as a support network for breast cancer patients. Its mission is now to help all those living with cancer, regardless of sex, age or type of cancer. Since 2004, it has been the Quintana Roo state representative of the AMLCC (Asociacion Mexicana de la Lucha Contra el Cancer), the National Cancer Association.
Grupo Desafio’s work takes many forms:
Cancer awareness and prevention by breaking down taboos and spreading the message that the disease is curable if caught in time
Seminars on cancer, risk factors and the importance of early detection in colleges, the workplace and to community groups in Cancun, Leona Vicario and parts of the Riviera Maya
Self-help and therapy sessions with patients and their families
Financial help for patients who cannot pay for medical studies and treatments
Breast and prostate cancer testing
Promote the culture of cancer prevention
Fundraising events for those living with cancer
Help provide medical studies and treatment for those in need
To raise money to pay for cancer screening for low-income patients:
APE studies for prostate cancer
HPV vaccinations for suspected cases of Human Papillomavirus
Join our cause and you will be helping:
Patients from the poorest sectors of society by giving them the weapons they need to combat their disease, and a second chance for life
Help reduce cancer mortality rates in the state of Quintana Roo
Prevent the spread of the Human Papillomavirus in young girls
Physiotherapy for children
The Royal Resorts Foundation also covers the costs of physiotherapy at the Cancun CRIT Rehabilitation Center for six children with motor, bone and neuromuscular diseases.