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Meet Angelica Roxas of Halo of Hope in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Roxas.

Angelica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
On March of 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through treatments. After being in remission for 1.5 years later, the cancer had spread to my lungs. Fortunately, I didn’t have to go through treatment and I just had surgery over a year ago and now I am in remission as well.

After experiencing firsthand the convoluted nature of the cancer care process, I decided to open a nonprofit Cancer Foundation and I gave birth to Halo of Hope late last year. I also watched people I knew suffer and die because of a lack of adequate resources. It was for this reason that I began Halo of Hope.

Halo of Hope serves as a symbol of hope to cancer patients and their families. It exists to offer support to newly diagnosed cancer fighters with no insurance, under-insured and homeless by raising funds to help them with their daily needs, groceries, transportation and housing. Instead of funding research, we focus on helping people survive RIGHT NOW, empowering cancer fighters to win the war.

We also now provide a unique cancer support group. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Peninsula Library at 6:00 pm. We will be planning for different fun activities and give each other hope and encouragement. Support Groups are the backbone of a cancer fighter’s survival. Our groups are the epitome of human compassion, offering healthy dialogues, passionate care, encouragement and a safe haven for the delicate and personal discussions around cancer. Members leave with a renewed sense of hope and are revived mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Our mission is to encourage cancer patients to stay strong and keep fighting by helping to alleviate and overcome the life challenges that can interfere with their road to recovery.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a non-profit is never easy and has not always been a smooth journey. However, in a short period of time, we have already accomplished great things and we have raised at least $3000 and donated to another cancer foundation. The struggles we are having now is to be able to market our cancer support group and fundraisers. We need as much exposure as we can to spread our message. We need to find more donors, sponsors and volunteers.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Halo of Hope – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am the Founder and President of Halo of Hope. I specialize in helping newly diagnosed cancer fighters who are under-insured, no insurance and homeless and the money we raise goes direct to them to help with daily needs and housing. I am most proud of the fact that I am able to give back and pay it forward since I’ve gotten a tremendous support from my community. We have a different mission and make us unique is because instead of funding research, we focus on helping people survive RIGHT NOW, empowering cancer fighters to win the war. On our support group, we don’t just talk about our sorrows, we will also be going out and do different activities. We also have different speakers come.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Our plan is to just keep growing and spread our message and mission so we can help as many cancer fighters as we can. We want to do two big fundraisers a year and couple of small ones. And as we have more people in our cancer support group, I’d like to have it once a week.

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