Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, Established by Mercy’s Dr. Armando Sardi, Medical Director, Institute for Cancer Care, Receives $25,000 Grant
The American Cancer Society’s Global Cancer Control department has awarded a $25,000 grant to Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention, a cancer foundation established in his native Cali, Colombia by Mercy surgical oncologist and Medical Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, Dr. Armando Sardi.
In 2006, Dr. Sardi travelled to Cali, Colombia with 28 volunteers to provide medical services to the community. Over the next six years, this regular mission to Colombia evolved into Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (PFCCAP) which is making a sustainable impact on health access in Cali. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PFCCAP has helped more than 35,000 patients. Along with the Colombian branch of the organization - Fundacion Para la Prevencion y el Tratamiento de Cancer - and the continuous support of individual donors and from private and public organizations, PFCCAP will continue to bring care to those in need.
Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention works to decrease the individual and community burdens of breast and cervical cancer by mitigating the obstacles women face during their cancer journey. Thanks to the Global Cancer Control grant from the American Cancer Society, the Fundación will scale up its cancer prevention work with primary care physicians of the Red de Salud Ladera, a network of low-complexity health providers serving vulnerable groups in Cali.
The grant is one of four awarded by the American Cancer Society to cancer control civil society organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico for a women’s cancer education program called All of Me, which was developed to offer girls and women appropriate and effective information to help reduce their risk of cervical and breast cancer. All of Me aims to break down silos that address cervical cancer and breast cancer separately by engaging key health care settings that are poised to address women’s health more holistically.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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