PSI member, Dr. Socorro Martinez spearheads aid for children with cancer

Dr. Socorro Martinez, a radiologist based at St. Paul’s is an active member of PSI or the Photographic Society of Iloilo.  You can also see a couple of her works at the PSI exhibit currently shown at the UPV ART GALLERY.  Prior to that, she had a one-woman exhibit at Newpost along Gen. Luna St. , Iloilo city fronting JD Cafe.

While waiting for the exhibit at the UPV Gallery to open, I got into a light conversation with Dr. Martinez.  There I discovered that aside from her passion for photography, she has found herself getting involved in humanitarian work. 

It was not a planned thing, she said.  A couple of friends and she thought of putting up a dance show to raise money to pay for the chemotheraphy and other medications of three poor Ilonggo children suffering from cancer.  (One is a 4 year old from Dumangas, another is a 5 yr. old from Pavia and the third is 14 years old from Guimaras.) 

The show which they entitled “Cross-Over Dance Concert” was held on March 25-26, 2007.   Although they had less than a month to prepare, ”Cross-Over” came out a success.

Inspired by that project, Dr. Martinez and her friends decided to formalize their group which they registered as KKK or Kaibigan ng mga Kabataang May Kanser.  KKK’s mission is to “aid indigent children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-beings.”  Their website is already up: http://www. iloilokanserkids.com

This coming December 16, 2007, KKK is sponsoring back-to-back plays from the Ateneo de Manila theater group:  “Ang Sistema ni Propesor Tuko” by Al Santos and “Tatlo Tatlo” by Rene Villanueva.    There will be two runs–matinee at 3:00 p.m. and gala at 6:00 p.m.    The proceeds of the plays will go to the needs of the children with cancer.

You can also reach Dr. Martinez at psikuramar@yahoo.com

Inday Hami believes in the cause, thus, this post.

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