Esperanza y Vida

Meaning “Life and Hope” in Spanish, Esperanza y Vida is a program that educates and helps increase breast, cervical  cancer and diabetes  screening in Latinas living in rural and urban areas.

Funded in part by Susan G. Komen WNY and Univera Healthcare

Susan Komen


Health Care, Esperanza y Vida consists of two culturally competent, community-based health education programs: a breast and cervical cancer program and a diabetes prevention program. Both programs have been designed to reach out to the Hispanic/Latino community in churches and community centers across Western New York.
They feature a group of Hispanic/Latino women and men who each speak about their triumph over breast and/or cervical cancer and diabetes to increase awareness, knowledge, and screening in the Hispanic/Latino communities.  Together, they share the good news that cancer or diabetes do not have to be an automatic death sentence.

Maria Rivera

A Survivor Speaks…


Buffalo, New York

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. I am happy to say that I have been cancer-free for ten years and counting. I have to say that God placed me in good hands with my cancer specialists. My strong faith in God, along with the support of my children, gave me the strength to overcome my cancer. My advice to people is to take time out of their busy schedules and get screened early. It could save your life. I know if I had decided not to get this done, I probably would not be here today sharing my story with you."

For more information regarding Esperanza y Vida, contact Jomary Colon at (716) 845-4623, or at