14th annual Dia de la Mujer being held at Amarillo Civic Center

14th annual Dia de la Mujer being held at Amarillo Civic Center
Source: KFDA
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Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Dia de la Mujer is an event designed to address health concerns for Hispanic women and their families.

Dia de la Mujer translates to "Day of the Women"; and women is what the focus of the event is all about.

The event is scheduled to take place inside the Heritage Room at the Amarillo Civic Center.

It kicks off at 7:30 a.m. in the morning and will run until 1:30 am. It is free to attend.

Organizer of Dia de la Mujer Celestina Padilla feels the event is unique.

"It's so unique," said Padilla, "There really isn't something like this here in the Panhandle."

Padilla believes the uniqueness stems from the people they help serve and the services they offer.

"This isn't offered anywhere else," said Padilla. "Especially catered to Hispanic women that are under served in this community."

This is year number fourteen for Dia de la Mujer , which started back in 2003.

The event features doctors from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center who volunteer their time and effort to members of the community.

The doctors are able to check vitals, look at cholesterol and glucose levels, run blood tests and even perform mammograms.

Doctor of Internal Medicine for TTHSC Juan Garrido has been a part of the event for the last 4 years.

Garrido said he enjoys helping people in need.

"It's been enjoyable," said Garrido. "I was able to share with them a lot of good information. I hope they are using it."

In addition to screenings, the event also features vendors, education seminars, speeches and even early morning Zumba fitness.

Padilla has seen people from all over comes to Amarillo just to attend the event.

"I have family in southwestern Kansas that come down for this," said Padilla. "We have women call in from Dumas, Pampa, Hereford, Bovina, Friona-- smaller towns that don't have things like this."

People will sometimes go years without a check-up or a deeper level screening to see if there is anything wrong with their bodies.

Padilla said that is not good. She has seen instances of people who have not been screen for years attend the event and discover they have an issue.

"[At] this event last year we were able to detect a women who hadn't had a mammogram in 5 years, she had stage-3 breast cancer," said Padilla. "So this program really does change lives. That's why we're so appreciative of the continuation of it and the help we get from the community."

Each year the event earns positive feedback and grows. Doctor Garrido said that means the program is working.

"If people are engaging in that way, it means we are providing them," said Garrido. "We are sharing with them what they need. We are fulfilling their hearts." Garrido

Garrido hopes every attendee enjoys the program this year as much as in years past.

"I wish everybody else the best. So everything runs nice and easy, and every one is happy," said Garrido.

Both doctors and organizers hope the program continues to be a success and is held in future years.

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