Education is Key

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ALAS-WINGS Helping Women Across Chicago Battle Breast Cancer

By: Ashmar Mandou

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, Founder and Executive Director of ALAS-WINGS Judy Guitelman encourages women of all ages to continue attaining as much knowledge about breast cancer throughout the year and to ask their doctors as many questions as possible. “I cannot stress the importance of education,” said Guitelman, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. “When I was first diagnosed in 2005, I didn’t know where to begin. I had so many questions about the cancer itself, the stages, and the treatments. I searched for support groups, too, but could only find support groups in English. I quickly realized that not enough was being done for Spanish-speaking women affected with breast cancer.” Through Guitelman’s experiences came ALAS-WINGS, a non-for-profit organization that empowers Latinas about breast cancer awareness through education and support. “Education is key to battling breast cancer,” said Guitelman. “We want to make sure that we are reaching all women.”

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To ensure women are equipped with proper knowledge, ALAS-WINGS provides various Spanish-speaking support groups around the Chicagoland area, where women are able to gather to discuss their experience. In addition, ALAS-WINGS offers free yoga sessions every Saturday for women to participate. “Support groups, yoga, our art programs, they are all part of the healing process,” said Guitelman. “Physical healing is important, but we want to make sure all aspects of healing our met. We want to ensure that their emotional, mental, and spiritual needs are in the process of healing. That is our goal with every support group, art class, yoga session, and forum we host.” This Sunday, Oct. 30th, ALAS-WINGS has partnered with Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University to host an all-Spanish forum with leading medical professionals to inform attendees of various breast cancer treatments, stages, scientific advancements and much more. The forum will be held at Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago in the Baldwin Auditorium. To register or to receive additional information, call 312-883-2527. If you would like to attend an upcoming yoga session or support group, check out our list below or visit

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Upcoming Yoga Sessions

Every Saturday

Wellness and ALAS present Yoga for Survivors
St. Sylvester Parish, 2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago
October 29th at 10a.m.-11a.m.
For more information, call 312-883-2527

ALAS on Wheels-The Mobile Salon
Erie Family Health Center, 1701 W. Superior, Chicago
November 7th
For more information, call Monica Ortiz 312-432-7356

ALAS on Wheels-The Mobile Salon- El Salón Móvil
For St. Anthony’s Hospital
Second Act Boutique, 2924 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
November 28th
For more information, call Sylvia Fraser at 773-484-1887

Spanish-speaking support groups

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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Center for Advance Care-Creticos Cancer Center
836 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Last Tuesday of the month, 5-7pm
Sandra Arellano at (773) 296-7355

Berwyn Public Library
2701 S. Harlem Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402
Second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm
Wanda Rodriguez at (312) 450-4367

Erie Family Health Center – West Town
1701 W. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60622
First Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm
Monica Ortiz at (312) 432-7356

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Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA)
2840 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Last Wednesday of the month, 10-noon
Wanda Rodriguez at (312) 450-4367

Rush University Medical Center
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Office Building 10th Floor,
Conference Room 1010
Second Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30pm
Wanda Rodriguez at (312) 450-4367

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center
1310 Waterford Dr. Aurora, IL 60504
Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm
Mariana Arroyo at (630) 898-6493

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