By James Clark
It’s been a year since Julissa Pérez found out she was cancer-free.
“There are good days, and there are bad days,” said the 31-year-old Inwood resident, who battled thyroid cancer and underwent radiation treatment.
It has been a long journey.
“The after-effects of cancer are a process too,” she noted.
Her battle inspired her to raise awareness and to seek to create a network she bills as “supportive, uplifting, and educational” for anyone fighting or affected by cancer.
On Tues., Aug. 9th at Mamajuana Café, Pérez is hosting a reception she has titled “My Beauty Mark,” named after her acceptance of her own cancer surgery scar.
While the event will feature raffles, music, hors d’oeuvre and networking, its principal focus will be hearing from cancer survivors and other speakers, including Eileen Z. Fuentes, Cancer Care Coach and Wellness Specialist. Some present are actively waging battle against the disease.
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