Bracelets aid therapy, say thanks
Cancer patient appreciates efforts of health center, nonprofits
A health program through Yavapai County Community Health Center helped with diagnosis of, and treatment for, breast cancer this past year for one longtime patient.
The Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) covered all costs for Ubalda Juarez-Paulino’s breast cancer treatment through grant money from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation into which CHCY and Prescott Free Clinic Inc. contribute matching funds.
Juarez-Paulino’s routine screening mammogram in early 2018 during a Well Woman HealthCheck Program appointment detected abnormalities. The program assists uninsured women with the cost of screenings for breast and cervical cancers.
Subsequent appointments resulted in a diagnosis of breast cancer, which had spread to nearby lymph nodes.
“CHCY has been able to cover the cost of all of Juarez-Paulino’s chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other services associated with her cancer treatment,” said CHCY Director Sharon Rickman in a press release.
Transportation to work, medical appointments and running errands became more difficult for Juarez-Paulino, who does not own a car and walks everywhere. Staff on the county’s Care Coordination Team connected with People Who Care, a local nonprofit whose volunteers help with free transportation, which stepped in to make sure Juarez-Paulino got to most of her appointments. Other community members helped when People Who Care could not.
To help others receive assistance with their breast cancer treatment, Juarez-Paulino has been making beaded bracelets and giving the donations to Prescott Free Clinic so it might sustain its contribution to the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation breast cancer treatment grant.
“The bracelets were my sister’s idea of a way to show thanks. Making the bracelets became therapy for me, because my mind was focused on making them, and not on what I was going through,” she said.
The bracelets are available at CHCY, 1090 Commerce Dr. in Prescott. Also, people who wish to donate in person to Prescott Free Clinic in honor of Juarez-Paulino may do so between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, at CHCY, and select one of her handmade bracelets as a token of her appreciation. Donations also can be mailed 1090 Commerce Dr., Prescott AZ 86305. Donations to Prescott Free Clinic qualifies as an Arizona Tax Credit.
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