The 6th Annual Por Ellas, El Mar de Cortez, Brazadas en Pro de La Prevención del Cancer fundraiser will take place on Friday, October 31st, 2014. Funds raised by swimmers and their supporters during the daylong relay stay in La Paz and are used to help local women and children living with cancer.
Por Ellas has become a very popular sporting event in La Paz that tries to promote the importance of preventative education and physical activity as a lifestyle for Mexican women and their families.
The event Por Ellas is a 35-kilometers, 30-minute relay with teams of 8 swimming in pairs out in the open water. 144 swimmers will be participating from all over Mexico, including teams from BCS. The event will start at CostaBaja at 7:00 am with participants swimming out to El Tecolote and then back to CostaBaja to finish the relay later that day.
Por Ellas La Paz is the labor of love of Edna Llorens, a native of Mexico City who now calls La Paz home. Edna, a professional swimmer, has been swimming and fundraising endlessly the past several years raising enough money to buy equipment for the local cancer clinic to help detect breast cancer. In the past, Edna and her team have helped local woman with costs associated with reconstructive surgery.
This past year, thanks to the support of the swimmers and their donations for Por Ellas, 26 children living with cancer here in La Paz have benefited from medicines and antibiotics that have come to a total of almost 600 thousand pesos. Por Ellas has also made possible the purchase of over 300 thousand pesos in medical supplies. To date, 17 patients with help and support of Por Ellas have gone on to the stage of remission in their fight with the disease.
This year the funds raised will be it channeled through the association Sudcalifornia Unida Contra el Cáncer Infantil (Sudcai). Sudcai hopes to equip the unit of Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Unit at the Juan Maria de Salvatierra Hospital to better serve children and women with limited resources living with cancer.