Our Commitment to help eradicate breast cancer began in 2003 when our cousin Laura was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 35. Unfortunately Laura’s battle ended in October 2004, survived by her husband and two small children. In Laura’s memory and honor our first foundation was formed; the Laura B. Carrillo Breast Cancer Foundation.
Today our foundation is operating under a new name, HOPE MATTERS BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION; however our vision and focus remains the same. Our foundation uses funds raised to help spread the word of how early detection can saves lives, how to survive the experience of treatment, the challenges families and loved ones face when dealing with effects of the disease, what to expect after treatment, and how to cope with the loss of a loved one. We also assist others that may not have the means to pay for a biopsy, mammogram or expenses after treatment and/or surgery. Our goal is to be a resource for the patient in treatment (or pre-treatment), the Survivor, and the family that lives with the daily reality of Breast Cancer.
Our dedication and commitment to this cause began in 2003 and since then we have been able to raise over $120,000 for breast cancer research and prevention. .. we continue today because of a promise made to Laura. With the help of family and friends we have continued to keep our promise to her.
Dedicated to helping to find a cure, KE/RE
Inspired by Laura’s ongoing struggle, Kathy Espinoza, a cousin through marriage, asked her daughter, Maricela, if she would join her on a 3-Day, 60 mile walk to benefit Breast Cancer, to honor Laura, Maricela agreed. Laura was overtaken with excitement, when she heard she would be honored in this way, she even had a name for her walkers, “The Umpa Lumpas”. Laura’s favorite color was purple!