Support groups are offered to provide a venue for cancer survivors and their family and friends to share their stories, concerns, and celebrations. It is a place that provides empathic, emotional support for Hispanic/Latinas faced with breast cancer. These groups are facilitated in Spanish.

Through the mutual interest in the known benefits of yoga, The Wellness House of Hinsdale and Asociación Latina de Asistencia y Prevención del Cáncer de Mama (ALAS-WINGS) are partnering to provide 12 one-hour sessions of yoga, designed for Latina breast cancer survivors & their caregivers.

Women are taught the value of early detection and the importance of breast health awareness. ALAS assists in the explanation and demonstration of proper breast self-examination technique. Hispanic/Latina women also receive guidance and support as they navigate through the complex process of cancer treatment, especially if further testing is recommended.

At ALAS, we understand that receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and emotionally challenging. That's why we offer mental health programs designed specifically for Latinas affected by breast cancer. Our programs provide a safe and supportive environment where you can share your experiences, and connect with others.

Empowerment, Advocacy, and Support for Hispanic/Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

ALAS-WINGS’ mission is to advocate for and improve the lives of breast cancer survivors through education, mental health programs, and emotional support groups for Hispanic/Latina women and their families. All ALAS-Wings programs are free and conducted in Spanish.

ALAS-WINGS, a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering Hispanic/Latina breast cancer survivors by providing comprehensive education, support, and resources for women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. ALAS emerged from the dreams and passion of one Latina breast cancer survivor and has grown to become the preeminent Hispanic/Latina breast cancer support organization in Chicago. ALAS has established strong relationships with cancer centers, major hospitals, and community organizations throughout Chicagoland that provide support for uninsured and underserved Hispanic/Latina women and their families. ALAS distinguishes itself from other breast cancer organizations by offering personalized, vital services in every phase of the breast cancer journey, from diagnosis through survivorship. In addition to offering support groups, mental health programs, and other activities that include yoga and nutritional education, ALAS works with communities to support breast cancer screening and to provide counseling and advocacy for women navigating the challenges of cancer treatment.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, ALAS transitioned to a 100% virtual platform to continue providing education, mental health, yoga, and support group services. Through our virtual platforms, we now reach women and institutions globally. ALAS participants and speakers are from the US, and Latin America.

The goal of ALAS is to enable Hispanic/Latina women to receive the very best care and encouragement possible so they can move beyond cancer and live fulfilled and happy lives. ALAS has the desire, commitment and knowledge required to accomplish this goal.

Meet the people that are committed to empowering hispanic women about breast cancer awareness.
Judy Guitelman
Judy Guitelman

Executive Director/Founder, ALAS-WINGS

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    Ana Vega
    Ana Vega

    Former Coordinator of the Health Services Station; The Consulate of Mexico

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      Carolina Srdjevic
      Carolina Srdjevic

      Founder and CEO of Accent with Style LLC

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        Celeste G. Cruz MD
        Celeste G. Cruz MD

        Medical Director of Breast Cancer Center at Illinois Masonic

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          Elizabeth Vitell
          Elizabeth Vitell

          J.D., E-RYT, RCYT, RPYT

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            Judith G. Abramson
            Judith G. Abramson

            MD, MSCI; Former Medical Director, Cancer Survivorship at Feinberg School of Medicine

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              3023 N. Clark St. Ste. 613 Chicago, IL 60657
              Judith Guitelman – Executive Director
              Jeanette Gonzalez – Program Consultant
              Georgia Hutchins – Intake Coordinator
              Sue Merlos – Program Coordinator