The 12th annual Latina Outreach and Leadership group conference, "Día de La Mujer Hispana" will be held this Saturday at Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center at 1:30 p.m.

"Día de La Mujer Hispana" (Hispanic Women's Day) will feature guest speakers, Dr. Perez Tamayo, a hematologist at the Central Care Cancer Center; Alex Granados, LSCSW Therapist at Genesis Family Health and his sister Dr. Sonia Slaba DNAP, CRNA, APRN.

"Dr. Perez Tamayo will speak regarding side effects of radiation during breast cancer treatments," LOL board member Yadira DeAnda said. "Alex Granados and Dr. Slaba will be presenting on Suicide prevention and awareness, a topic that our organization feels is very important given the events in the community in the last few years.

"There will be a short introduction from the new CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex, Kerri Tirman, and surgeon Dr. Andrew Adams, MD, who are both new to WPMC and our community.

"We will also have cancer survivor testimonials both from the survivors themselves and family members who have a loved one that have been diagnosed.

"The conference will be held in Spanish and will focus on health information for all Latina's in the area."

The goal of LOL and its members is to educate on health awareness by bridging cultural gaps throughout the community and connect them to the resources as well as making them aware of specific health problems that could occur.

"We support each other through positive encouragement and professional and social networking," LOL member Erica DeAnda-Soltero said, "We promote our culture through outreach and fundraising events that will educate others about our values and traditions and as a result of accomplishing these goals, we will strengthen our community."

More than 200 women attended last year's event.

"We expect to have another successful event," Yadira said.

The event will have door prizes, donated by many community businesses, a nice meal and entertainment along with the guest speakers.

The cost to attend the event is $5, this helps cover for part of the event expenses.

"Everybody that has attended in previous years look forward to attending again" DeAnda-Soltero said.

The LOL group ask that children do not attend the event because it is intended for women to come out, obtain new information and have a great time with each other.

"We pass out a survey at the end of every event and the feedback has always been positive and encouraging to continue year after year," Yadira said. "We have a lot of help from sponsors in the community such as Circle of Hope who have been our biggest supporter, as well as the Cancer Care Center National Beef, and Western Plains Medical Complex just to name a few.

"Our events have been able to help families in need in emergency situations throughout the year."

LOL member Elva Solis added, "Sadly cancer touches everyone sooner or later. We have members who are survivors themselves as well as have family members like my mother who have been diagnosed."

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