The Filipino-American Cancer Care organization is a 501(c)(3) non-stock, non-profit, non-political, charitable and all volunteer-based cancer organization serving the Filipino, Filipino-American population in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area.
Josie Moralidad Ziman, is a native of Iloilo City, Philippines, a radio journalist and White House Correspondent for Radio Mindanao Network, Iloilo, Philippines, broadcast host of the radio show “Pilipinas sa Amerika” and staff writer for Manila Mail newspaper in Washington DC. In December of 2017 she met Edward Penaflor Logan, a Filipino-American living in Virginia to interview him regarding his cancer survivorship journey as a Christmas Miracle story of hope, love, faith and family. In September 2018, Josie was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The common bond of cancer further strengthened their friendship as survivor’s experience. In 2019, Josie approached Edward about publishing a book to include Edward’s cancer story and others, in a compilation of articles she has written about Filipino-American subjects to celebrate the achievements, underscore the sacrifices, and inspire hope in the community. Josie’s wanted proceeds of the book to go to children with cancer in Iloilo City, Philippines to help families faced with the costs of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
A few close friends, including Edward said without hesitation that they would strongly support the idea. Edward became a strategic partner of Josie in the development of this important and timely initiative. Below are key highlights where Josie promoted the book to benefit cancer kids in Iloilo Philippines.
April 6, 2019 - “The Filipino American Journey” book was launched in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador Jose “Babe” Romualdez, guests and the people who were featured in the book attended the successful book launched event.
April 5- June 30, 2019 - Josie travelled to various cities in Maryland and Virginia to promote her book.
July 12, 2019 - The Filipino American Journey had a successful book launching at the Philippine Center in New York City
August 30, 2019 - Josie travelled to Montreal, Canada for a special book signing event
January 11, 2020 – Josie celebrated her birthday entitled “Celebration of Life.” Edward Logan was the special guest speaker
Following these efforts, both Josie and Edward felt that there is a current gap and need to address growing cancer challenges in the unique culture of Filipino-American community. Thus, the idea of establishing a formal cancer support organization dedicated to serving Filipino, Filipino-American community and anyone that is medically underserved in the Philippines and United States by assisting those impacted by cancer was born in January 2020.
Mission & Vision
The Filipino American Cancer Care Incorporated (FACC) Inc. primary mission is to C.A.R.E. about Filipino, Filipino-American and anyone that is medically underserved in the Philippines and United States by assisting those impacted by cancer.
The FACC’s vision rest into four (4) major pillars of C.A.R.E. which stands by providing Collective outreach programs designed to fit our unique culture for our community, Advocate to better comprehensive cancer care during and after/post treatment, Research tool for cancer patients, survivors, family members, and caregivers regarding financial assistance, and lastly Educate our community regarding cancer prevention, early detection, screening and treatment options.