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Harlingen Medical Center Helps Make Life Better For Breast Cancer Survivors

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Harlingen Medical Center Helps Make Life Better For Breast Cancer Survivors

Harlingen – True happiness and true fulfillment come when you give of your life in some way to others. It is a statement that falls in alignment with the Christmas spirit. One Rio Grande Valley woman works relentlessly to give of herself by way of emotional support, instilling confidence, affording prosthesis, and more, to those who have been diagnosed with, or have overcome, breast cancer. And, so for her work to better the lives of others, Yanette Garcia, Founder and Owner of Ribbons of Hope Boutique, is the 2015 beneficiary of the Annual Harlingen Medical Center Charity Golf Tournament.

"I am so grateful to Harlingen Medical Center and the people that made this possible for Ribbons of Hope," said Garcia. "The grant that we have received will certainly be of great service to so many women in need. I cannot thank Harlingen Medical Center, Brenda Ivory, and the rest of the folks who worked tirelessly to make this possible, enough. This is certainly an enormous Blessing."

"Harlingen Medical Center is committed to making life better for the people we serve, here, in the Rio Grande Valley," said Brenda Ivory, RN, President & Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. "Making this annual donation, to the respective organization selected, is an wonderful opportunity for Harlingen Medical Center to bring more than health and wellness to our community, in a clinical setting, it allows us to financially support our community. It is a privilege to give back."

Ribbons of Hope receiving giant check for grant

Harlingen Medical Center Executives and the Charity Golf Tournament Committee selected Ribbons of Hope as the recipient of this year's grant, which totaled $10,000. They selected the organization in part for the charitable work it extends to clients – when clients have no funding for products – it donates the product to them (certain criteria must be met). Ribbons of Hope Boutique offers wigs, turbans, bras and breast prosthesis, to women who have breast cancer, or have survived the illness.

According to Garcia, breast cancer survivors seeking products to help them feel physically, spiritually, and mentally whole again, come from everywhere to Ribbons of Hope.

"I have many women from across the Rio Grande Valley come in for a breast prosthesis, or a turban, or wig. I have even had a 13 year old girl, her mother and grandmother, all affected by breast cancer, come in from as far as Monterrey, Nuevo Lean, to purchase products from us," said Garcia. "This illness knows no boundaries or age limits. It affects women of all ages and can be very damaging to the spirit of a woman, especially when they lose a breast, or both. But, we make every effort to provide them with the products they need to help them feel better as they survive this journey. Sometimes they just come in to talk about what is happening to them. And, all they really want is someone to listen to them. Someone who understands what they are going through with their families, their husbands, and their own emotions."

A journey Garcia knows all too well. She is a breast cancer survivor herself. She is in remission, and has been for nearly four years now.

"It's a very difficult illness to battle. But, when you have the support of your family, your husband, your children and friends, it certainly makes it a lot easier," said Garcia. "And, that is what I serve as, to my customers, as well, a caring ear, a friend, who knows exactly what they are going through. I've been through that battle. So, I can certainly understand and am able to share wisdom from my journey."

Ribbons of Hope Boutique, located at 55 North Street in Brownsville, is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturdays it is open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Garcia, the founder and owner, may be contacted at the boutique at 956-554-4836.

The funds raised via the HMC Annual Charity Golf Tournament, and presented to Ribbons of Hope, were made possible through the support of Valley businesses, Valley residents, and Harlingen Medical Center, all who have united to support Valley people who are making a difference in the lives of others.

"To all of our supporters, you have our sincerest gratitude," said Ms. Ivory. "You choose to take this annual journey with Harlingen Medical Center and we appreciate your choice to help make a difference. Our supporters, our partners, for the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, they represent the best of who we are as a community – in South Texas."

The HMC Annual Charity Golf Tournament is hosted in October at Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club. Every year, a local organization is selected to be the beneficiary. To learn more about this annual charity event, or the philanthropic work of Harlingen Medical Center, contact the Business Development and Marketing Department at 956-365-1848.