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Our Story

The Filipino American Cancer Care, Inc. (FACC) is a 501 © 3 established in March, 2020, with its headquarters based in Alexandria, Virginia. Its primary mission is to C.A.R.E. about Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and anyone that is medically underserved in the Philippines, United States and other parts of the world by assisting those impacted by cancer. It was founded by Josie Moralidad Ziman, an Asian American of Filipino descent, who is a radio journalist for Radio Mindanao Network, Iloilo City,  Philippines. Ms. Ziman is also the host of the radio shows “Pilipinas sa Amerika” On The Air With FACC,  a cancer advocacy show on PHLV RADIO in Las Vegas.  Ms. Ziman was a staff writer of the now defunct Manila Mail newspaper in Washington, DC area. 

 

Josie, affectionately known by those who admire her, found her deepest inspiration during a series of heartfelt interviews in 2017. These interviews brought her into the lives of resilient Filipinos who had triumphed over the relentless grip of cancer. The unwavering spirit transformed her own cancer journey into a heartwarming tale reminiscent of a Christmas miracle, filled with the warmth of hope that could melt even the coldest of hearts. Josie's encounter with these brave souls painted a vivid portrait of resilience, strength, and the indomitable human spirit, forever etching in her heart the power of sharing stories that kindle the flames of inspiration.

 

Then in 2018, Josie was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent 3 major surgeries in one year aside from cancer treatments.  

In November 2019, 10 days after her mastectomy Josie decided to compile the articles she had written for Manila Mail newspaper in her book entitled “The Filipino American Journey”, a compilation of stories of Filipino-Americans who experienced hardships and challenges, underscoring their struggles and sacrifices in America. The book was also an attestation in celebration of Filipino-American achievements  and the stories were written to inspire hope in the community. 

 

Two book launches were held, with the first one done on April 6, 2019, in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, and attended by the Philippine Ambassador Jose “Babe” Romualdez, along with some of the people featured in the book. A second launching was held on July 12, 2019, at the Philippine Center in Manhattan, New York. Several events followed in pursuant to the book launching. 

 

Proceeds of the event went to children diagnosed with cancer in Iloilo, Philippines, where Josie hails from. Following these events, Josie and others felt a growing concern to address the current gap and challenges faced by people with cancer within the unique culture of the Filipino-American community. Thus, the idea of establishing a formal cancer support organization was born. Josie, along with others, formed the Filipino American Cancer Care (FACC) in March of 2020 during the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic. 

 

FACC’s vision rests on four (4) major pillars of C.A.R.E., which stands for: Collective outreach programs designed to fit our unique culture for our community; Advocate for better comprehensive cancer care during and post treatment; Research tool/resource 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.

 

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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.

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April 5- June 30, 2019 - Josie travelled to various cities in Maryland and Virginia to promote her book.

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August 30, 2019 - Josie travelled to Montreal, Canada for a special book signing event

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July 12, 2019 - The Filipino American Journey had a successful book launching at the Philippine Center in New York City

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January 11, 2020 – Josie celebrated her birthday entitled “Celebration of Life.” 

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.

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