He was only 17 years old when his mom lost her battle to breast cancer in 1990. Ten years after her passing he founded the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center in East Los Angeles dedicated to cancer treatment. Now, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, Oscar de la Hoya reminds people why his late mom is the biggest champ he will ever know.
Although he was the youngest U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, it was his mother’s biggest dream to see her son become an Olympic gold medalist. She passed away two years before De La Hoya won Gold at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
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Her fight with cancer became his biggest inspiration in life and even inside the ring.
“It definitely taught me that my mother was a lot stronger than I was at any given day, whether it was inside the ring or outside the ring,” he told Latina. “What she unfortunately went through was difficult for us kids to live through. Here you have a woman who is too proud to go to the hospital and get treatments, or to get mammograms because she didn’t want to leave the household and make us worry. She was the toughest person that I will ever know—she taught me courage, to stand up for myself, and confidence.
The Mexican boxer encourages every woman to get necessary screenings, check-ups, and mammograms. “My number one message to women is that you’ve taken care of others all your life, it is time to take care of yourself,” he said. He also encourages men to wear pink in support of these beautiful, strong women.
As his interview with Latina wrapped up, De La Hoya revealed that his all-time favorite song was Juan Gabriel’s “Amor Eterno” because that was his mother’s jam. ***Feels***
Learn more about Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, here.
A Brazilian cancer survivor has been fitted with a prosthetic eye and face to cover the hole that a devastating bout of skin cancer left. Denise Vicentin, 52, beat her cancer a decade ago and has since been living without a part of her jaw and her right eye ever since. Vicentin was so self-conscious about her battle scars, she became afraid to go out in public. People would stare at her everywhere she went and, soon, her social life and marriage fell apart. “[Before] when I was on the metro or train, I tried not to pay attention to the stares. At places like the bowling alley, I felt them looking, and the person would even leave when they saw me,” she told the Daily Mail.
Ten years later, researchers were able to create a custom prosthetic using just a smartphone camera and a 3D printer. Now, she feels like she has her ‘missing piece’ and says she is so happy that she even sleeps with it on.
Years ago, she was offered a hand-made prosthetic, but it would have cost her half a million dollars.
A portion of her right jaw was removed, making it difficult for her to eat and slurring her speech. One of Vicentin’s most painful wounds left behind by the cancer was her inability to navigate throughout society without being ostracized or made to feel different. When doctors offered her the opportunity to have a prosthetic made for her, she had no choice but to turn it down. It would have cost over half a million U.S. dollars.
Waiting for the right moment may have paid off for Vicentin. As technology has advanced, the capabilities of 3-D printing are only just now being realized. Vicentin sought out an alternative treatment at São Paulo’s Paulista University just last year and is already walking into 2020 with a new lease on self-confidence.
The final prosthesis just took 12 hours to create and a fraction of the cost thanks to 3-D printing technology.
The research team at Paulista University formulated a plan to give Vicentin her ‘missing piece.’ Vicentin would have to undergo several surgeries over the next year in order to fit the prosthesis. Then, the doctors took 15 photos of Vicentin’s right eye socket from a simple smartphone. From there, they were able to use all the images to digitize a 3-D model that would eventually become the blueprint for the 3-D printer.
The final model was printed and refined in just 12 hours, from a mixture of silicone, resin, and synthetic fibers. After the 3-D printer created the technical piece that would sit flush on Vicentin’s face, a bit of human artistry was applied to make the prosthetic as realistic as possible. The researchers painted the prosthetic to match Vicentin’s exact eye hue and skin color. They even individually secured lashes to resemble that of her other eyelid.
The research team has been perfecting 3-D prosthetics since 2016, offering new levels of confidence to over 50 patients so far.
Dr. Rodrigo Salazar has specialized in maxillofacial prosthetics for the last few years and has married technology with medicine to create lasting change for his patients. In order to get a proper model for a prosthetic, he used to have to create a mold of the patient’s face, on the patient’s face. Today, he needs only a smartphone camera to capture the necessary data to create a model prosthetic.
Vicentin never expected skin cancer to become a defining chapter of her life.
When Vicentin was in her early 20s, she found a strange growth on her face and went to the doctor. It was a tumor, but it was benign, non-cancerous. She had it surgically removed and thought that was the end of it. It returned again, once again, benign. She had it removed a second time and enjoyed nearly 20 more years tumor-free. Ten years ago, the tumor came back, but it was malignant, slowly ravaging the right side of her face.
Today, Vicentin has titanium hooks surgically placed around her eye socket in order to be able to securely wear the prosthesis and take it off when she pleases. So far, Vicentin has been wearing the prosthetic for just a month and she loves it. ‘It was a long time looking at a face which was missing a piece, so I am so happy. I only took it off to clean it – I even slept with it,” Vicentin told the Daily Mail.
Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, made worldwide headlines this year and not so much for his politics, but because of his stubborn views on climate change. His perspective and words could have severe global ramifications. It all started this fall when the world was in awe over the massive fires in the Amazon Rainforest. Everyone seemed to be up in arms, except for Bolsonaro, who said they didn’t have enough resources to put the flames out. Bolsonaro seems to be facing a new kind of problem, but this time it’s personal.
The president of Brazil announced that he might have skin cancer, but his office is saying something different.
According to Reuters, Jair Bolsonaro said that doctors removed a mole from his ear. Later, his office told the publication that there wasn’t any concern in regards to his cancer probability.
“The president is in good health, without any indication of skin cancer, and is keeping his appointments for this week,” his office said in a statement.
Those two statements are somewhat confusing, primarily because the publication also reports that Bolsonaro initially canceled a visit to Salvador because he was suffering from exhaustion. However, his office later said that he did make his appointments. Who can we believe?
The president didn’t elaborate further about his health, but to be honest, he has more serious concerns that he should be worried about. His announcement about cancer could be a way to distract the media and the public.
As we mentioned earlier, Bolsonaro has been under fire over his handling of the Amazon rainforest blaze. He’s also in a feud with actor Leo DiCaprio. The Hollywood A-Lister donated funds this fall in response to the Amazon fires to a nongovernmental organization (NGOs). Still, Bolsonaro said that DiCaprio’s contribution actually went toward the people who started the fires in the first place.
“The NGO people, what did they do? What’s easier? Set fire to the bush,” Bolsonaro said, according to CNN. “Take photo, film, send it to an NGO, the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?” He added, “Leonardo DiCaprio, you are assisting with the burning of the Amazon, that can’t be.”
Yet the president hasn’t provided any proof to back up his allegations. If that weren’t enough, officials are also investigating people on his staff.
There’s an investigation underway that involves Bolsonaro’s associates, one of them being his son. Just this week, investigators raided their homes and confiscated some of their belongings in connection with possible corruption.
According to several reports, Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, who is also a Senator and his ex-wife, along with another associate, had their homes raided as investigators inquire about a very serious and illegal operation that involves fraud and money laundering.
One of those involved in the allegations is Fabrício Queiroz, a good friend of Bolsonaro, who also worked for him as his security chief and aide. Some people are speculating that the raids, which have been part of an investigation for quite some time, occurred too late. They’re saying that Bolsonaro’s family members and friend had plenty of time to get rid of implicating evidence. Others, however, especially critics of Bolsonaro, welcome this part of the investigation and want Queiroz to spill the beans.
Guilherme Boulos, a well-known leftist leader in Argentina, tweeted, “With a 1-year delay, MP performs an operation against Queiroz. He had complained about recent audio of being abandoned. If Queiroz speaks what he knows about the Bolsonaro family, he can overthrow the government.”
If Queiroz goes against Bolsonaro and, as a result, brings down his administration, well, Bolsonaro will have more on his plate than he can handle. While Bolsonaro or his office did not comment about the raids that took place his week, the attorney representing Bolsonaro’s son said, according to The Guardian, “yet another attempt to destabilize Jair’s government.”
While hope Bolsonaro doesn’t have skin cancer, that worry will be the least of his issues now that investigators are looking into people in his circle and in his family.