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Carmelina Vargas Joins Latin FACES to Increase Breast Cancer Awareness in Latino Community
Recording artist and breast cancer survivor Carmelina Vargas has partnered with Latin FACES, non-profit organization started by fellow Dominican immigrant Fary De León.
“Fary De León is such an inspiration. She is a breast cancer survivor who came to the US without speaking English. A strong woman who just wants to spread awareness in our community where silence about cancer is prevalent and really prevents early detection,” says Carmelina.
About Carmelina Vargas
Carmelina Vargas first appeared on the national music scene in the summer of 2008 with the release of her first single “Mueve Las Caderas,” a rhythmic modern Pop/R&B track infused with a tropical style. ASCAP Latino highlighted Carmelina’s debut album titled “Morena” (Morena Records, June 9, 2009) as one of the most anticipated albums of the coming year. As things were heating up for Carmelina, she was diagnosed with early breast cancer.
Using her music as a platform, she promoted breast cancer awareness through performances at numerous events for The American Cancer Society, and at the Latin Trendsetter Awards presented by LatinTrends Magazine. She also hosted her own 1st annual fundraiser at Latin Quarters, which benefited the Columbia University Medical Center Survivors Squad and The American Cancer Society. Her endeavors received national recognition from Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 15th District. Her latest project “Alegria” is her first release since being 100% cancer free. http://www.carmelinavargas.com/
About Latin Faces Cancer Foundation
Latin FACES is a non-profit organization on which its fundamental principle is to strengthen family values with a focus on education and breast and cervical cancer awareness. According to recent statistics, single mothers now head 10 million homes nationwide and their number is growing. Some of these women do not receive child support or any other assistance. Without the necessary tools and resources, these women, face barriers in achieving economic success for themselves and their families.
Our purpose is to provide the education, tools and skills necessary to help women, especially Latinas to attain financial and emotional independence. Understanding that by coordinating an individualized plan is necessary to make a long term transition to a self sufficient life. FACES is not driven by financial profit. Our mission is to help our community to reach their goals and obtain the American dream. http://www.latinfaces.org