Uniting Latinas in the fight against Breast Cancer
Monique Barraza is the daughter of Abigail Barraza. Abigail lost her fight to breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 49. Two months later Monique started the Abigail Barraza Foundation to spread breast cancer awareness and education in her mother’s name in undeserving areas and communities that lack awareness such as shelters and treatment centers. She host support groups and educational classes every month. Just recently she has joined support groups at Homeboy industries in Los Angeles.
Monique has traveled to Santa Barbara and Ventura, to make house calls and be of support to the families that are fighting cancer.
Many low income women don't have the funds that are associated with having cancer. Monique will raise money and host fashion fundraisers then present them with a check to pay for medical expenses or household necessities.
She also mentors young girls in her community and educates them to take a proactive approach to their breast health. By teaching them at a young about early detection and awareness, they can take that message home to their families and one day might jut save their own life. Early detection starts at home.
Monique attended FIDM -Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising in Downtown Los Angeles. She would like to open up her own boutique and proceeds from each sale will go back to helping educate women about the importance of Breast Cancer education and awareness.
Breast Cancer doesn't just affect the person who has it, it also affects the people whom they love. Watching her mom battle the disease, was very hard, at times Monique sat and wished that there was more that She could do. Today there is something She can do. Monique knows her moms death was not in vain. She is making a difference and turning a tragedy into TRIUMPH, believing "TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A difference.