NORTHBROOK, Ill – May 20, 2015 â€“ (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Allstate Insurance Company today announced that it will provide a Spanish-language version of “The Silver Lining Companion Guide” free to any Latina in the U.S. affected by breast cancer. The guide is a condensed version of the New York Times bestselling book, â€œThe Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer,â€ by Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, author, nurse and breast cancer survivor and photographer Elizabeth Messina. The companion guide was specially created to provide important information, practical tips and inspiration for those navigating through every stage of treatment and recovery.
To assist in promoting the guide to the Latina community, TV host and actress, Adamari Lopez, will serve as the national spokesperson. Lopez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and has been cancer-free since 2006. Since then, she is very active in raising breast cancer awareness in the Latina community.
â€œâ€™Rayo de Esperanzaâ€™ by Hollye Jacobs is a very valuable tool that offers helpful information for those diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as for their family and friends,â€ said Adamari Lopez. â€œAs a breast cancer survivor, I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in this initiative in partnership with Allstate and Hollye, and I am grateful to have overcome the disease and to be able to help others. While the cancer road is difficult to travel, with faith, a positive attitude and this immensely useful Spanish guide, it is my hope that Latina womenâ€™s paths will be made easier,â€ added Lopez.
The Spanish guide, entitled â€œRayo de esperanza: Manual de apoyo para enfrentar el cancer de seno,â€ was translated from the original English language version, and will be available starting May 10 to coincide with National Womenâ€™s Health Week. This commemorative week is a national effort by an alliance of government, community and business organizations to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health. Printed copies of the guide will be available through a partnership with Telemundo, participating healthcare providers, Cancer Support Community, Latino community organizations throughout the country, as well as by digital download at www.Allstate.com/SilverLining.
â€œIn the United States, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer death among Latina women,â€ said Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSN. â€œIt is for these reasons that it is incredibly important to provide valuable, culturally sensitive and accessible information, support and guidance to the Latina community, written in Spanish. Thanks to the generosity of Allstate Insurance, sharing ‘Rayo de Esperanza: Manual de Apoyo para Enfrentar el CÃ¡ncer de Seno’ is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach the Latina community in a way that has never been done before.â€
â€The wellbeing of women is an important priority for Allstate and providing this free resource to our customers and community gives me great pride,â€ said Beatriz Zaragoza, a Latina Allstate agency owner. â€œThe Silver Lining Companion Guide will not only aide women and their families in communities across the U.S., but Allstate also hopes it brings the important issue of womenâ€™s wellbeing among Latinas to the forefront.â€
According to the Office on Womenâ€™s Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas. Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat. Access to health care and information is one reason for this heath disparity.
About Allstate Corporation
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nationâ€™s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from lifeâ€™s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan â€œYouâ€™re In Good Hands With AllstateÂ®.â€ The Allstate brandâ€™s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.
About Hollye Jacobs and “The Silver Lining”
Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist and author. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful package of wisdom. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 39-year-old mother Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW created a blog, TheSilverPen.com. The award-winning blog became the foundation for her New York Times bestseller, “The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.”
About Adamari Lopez
Adamari Lopez was born in Puerto Rico and began her acting career at the tender age of seven, appearing in several popular telenovelas where her talents were quickly recognized. She went on to perform in live theater in her early teens, which later led to additional television roles and, eventually, to films. She has gone on to become one of the most popular and visible personalities, garnering such awards as best supporting actress by TVyNovelas magazine, as well as best actress with special recognition for her international work at the Quijote Awards. A breast cancer survivor, she continues to be a tireless advocate for breast cancer awareness, having served as a past spokesperson for Susan G. Komen. She recently gave birth to her first child, a daughter, with her fiancÃ©, Toni Costa.