Dora Arias – Curémonos - 10/28/14
Today I met with Dora Arias, the Founder and Executive Director of Curémonos, at Sofi’s Color Lounge in Summit to name her my 30th NJ Hero. Every year, Sofi’s opens their doors on a Monday when they are normally closed to help Dora host a “Day of Pampering” for Curémonos clients. I was able to meet with breast cancer survivors and hear their stories as they participated in a day of relaxation provided to them free of charge by Sofi’s.
Curémonos, which loosely translates to Healing Together, was founded by Dora following her own diagnosis and experience with having breast cancer. As a Latina breast cancer survivor, Dora wanted to be able to take her experience and use it to help others in her community, specifically medically-underserved Latina women who often times have trouble understanding and navigating the treatment process and medical system. With many of them speaking English as a second language, Dora recognized the challenges these women faced in understanding their diagnosis and treatment options. Through Curémonos, she serves as an advocate to help them through this difficult time in their lives.
Since its inception, Curémonos has educated over 2,000 women on the importance of breast health and early detection of breast cancer while serving over 300 medically underserved and underinsured women. Clients are served bilingually, biculturally and free of charge.
It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by so many strong and determined women at today’s event. I wish them the best of luck in their treatment and recovery and thank Dora for all she has done for so many women in their time of need. I am so honored to name Dora my 30th NJ Hero! For more information on Curémonos, please visit their website: http://www.curemonos.org/.