San Francisco/Oakland: Support Pink Diplomacy Walkathon August 14,2010 PINCC is the brainchild of retired Oakland physician Dr Kay Taylor who is savings lives worldwide. SLEEP AND HEALTH JOURNAL is pleased to endorse the efforts of PINCC. PINCC (pronounced PINK) stands for Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer; is enhancing America’s image in developing countries where the USA is often seen as a villain. Every day, 800 women die of cervical cancer, a totally preventable disease.
PINCC was founded by Dr. Kay, a retired physician who 5 years ago founded a fledgling organization with two close friends. These 3 are changing the face of cervical cancer and cervical cancer prevention in 9 countries on 4 continents. They are doing more to enhance America’s image world wide than any politician, diplomat, or military maneuvers.
This tiny organization has grown over the last 5 years from a single site in Honduras, to training doctors and nurses at 30 sites in Africa, India, Central and South America. Returning every 6 months until the sites are self-sustaining, PINCC then donates the needed equipment to the trained personnel who can then treat women in one visit. An investment of only $15 can save a woman’s life from this epidemic disease.
Operating on a shoestring budget with an army of volunteers, the doctors and nurses actually pay all of their own costs for the privilege of serving the incredibly grateful women and families in these small, rural communities.
This is the Second Annual Oakland Walkathon, the Walk for Women of Africa, to raise awareness and funds for the next campaign to Africa in August and September this year. Teams and individuals will walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland, 3.4 miles per lap.
Dr. Kay Taylor practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 25 years in the SF East Bay Area, before taking early retirement in 2005 to devote her life to saving lives and preventing unnecessary suffering and death from cervical cancer. In the USA, only 2.2 women per 100.000 die yearly of this disease, but in the Global South, the rate is over 40, where it is even measured; and they die at younger ages.
Dr. Kay is calling on communities across the United States to hold similar Walkathons, Dr. Kay says, “For the cost of one $15.000 drone bomb in Afghanistan that creates worldwide hatred for the US, we can save 1,000 lives, and create good will from thousands of women and their families, in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities.”
Dr Kay is slowly being crowded out of her Oakland home as more and more rooms are taken over by PINCC’s exploding needs: staging 6 campaigns a year, shipping medical equipment, and most important of all, looking for financial support to meet the overwhelming worldwide need. Dr. Kay is always delighted to enlist new civilian and medical volunteers, at home and abroad.
PINCC, Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, is a non-profit volunteer medical service organization which brings education, training and equipment for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer using a single-visit, affordable, accessible technology, to sites serving poor, rural, and underserved women.
Dr Shapira and Elise Shapira are supporters of PINCC and hope to see cities across the US join in the PINK DIPLOMACY WALKATHON MOVEMENT.
BRITISH AIRWAYS HAS MADE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO PINCC THAT WILL HELP SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES. I FIRMLY HOPE THAT OTHER AIRLINES WILL JOIN IN CONTRIBUTING IN-KIND DONATIONS TO PINCC.
Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, and has a Dental Practice with his partner Dr Mark Amidei. He has recently formed Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates. He is a Regent of ICCMO and its representative to the TMD Alliance, He was a founding and certified member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society which became the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, A founding member of DOSA the Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, A Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, a graduate of LVI. He is a former assistant professor at Rush Medical School’s Sleep Service where he worked with Dr Rosalind Cartwright who is a founder of Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Shapira is a consultant to numerous sleep centers and teaches courses in Dental Sleep Medicine in his office to doctors from around the U.S. He is the Founder of I HATE CPAP LLC and http://www.ihatecpap.com Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.