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Local non-profit provides free mammograms all year round

October 22, 2020

It all started with a few breast cancer survivors meeting each other & supporting each other during chemo & radiation. When they finished chemo and radiation treatments, they would get together to celebrate LIFE. They later formed a breast cancer support group and would meet once a month. Together they started bringing awareness to schools and any church that would allow them to bring breast cancer awareness.

On 2013, +Melina Garcia-Silva (Mission, TX.), +Maricruz Bernal (McAllen, TX.) and Dolores "Loly" Ornelas(Edcouch, TX.), decided to take it a step further, so they started the process of becoming a nonprofit organization. On Dec. 2015 & Feb. 2018, Dolores Ornelas suffered the great loss of both Co-Founders, Melina Garcia Silva and Maricruz Bernal to Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Today, in honor of her Co-Founders, Dolores Ornelas continues with their mission by providing aid to low to middle income women across the Rio Grande Valley that do not have health insurance. Faithful Warriors Breast Cancer Support Group provides free mammo

grams NOT ONLY during October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but year round. Remember, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is the key to survival. Make your pledge and schedule your mammogram. Cancer does not discriminate against race, age or gender. Breast Cancer will strike anyone with or without a history of breast cancer in their family.

“Both of my parents, maternal grandmother, uncle & cousin passed away from cancer. Both my brother and sister were diagnosed with colon cancer. Knowingly, I chose to not do my annual mammograms because as a single parent, I put my family 1st. Women need to remember that if you do not love yourself enough to take care of yourself first, how can they expect to be there for their children. On December 12, 2011, I froze when my surgeon told me I had cancer. I did 6 months of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation & 1 year of once a week of a targeted therapy called Herceptin. “ says, Dolores. Now at age 63, and almost 9 years later, she is still cancer free.

Today, I challenge YOU to also take the pledge. Don't wait to feel a lump to act on it. Life is a blessing so DON’T TAKE YOUR LIFE FOR GRANTED, schedule your mammogram.

Anyone in need of an application, may contact Dolores Ornelas by email to, website: or by calling at her at (956) 854-0127.

For donations, you can donate through our website or mail a check to: Faithful Warriors Breast Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 1105, Edcouch, TX 78538. Together we can make a difference in someone else’s life.

Let Us Fight This Fight Together.

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