The president of the Assembly of Extremadura, Blanca Martín, inaugurated the commemorative event of the 20th anniversary of the constitution of the Extremadura Oncology Association (AOEX), in which the president of the Extremadura Regional Government, Guillermo Fernández Vara, the Government delegate in Extremadura, Cristina Herrera, the mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the president of AOEX, Isabel Rolán, also participated.
Blanca Martín intervened first, who congratulated AOEX for the “20 years of activism and supportor to people who have gone through cancer, also to their families, and who are surely very grateful for the work carried out by the Oncological Association of Extremadura.”
Likewise, he stated that “we must continue to support our medical professionals. We must continue to promote that the only solution against cancer is through research. That is where our hope lies, that of all of us.”
Next, the president of AOEX asked that “the Comprehensive Plan against Cancerr meet your deadlines and become a reality.”
For his part, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna thanked AOEX for its work and described the association as one of the most important in Extremadura. “If the administrations had to assume the expense of the huge number of volunteers and people who are working at AOEX and who dedicate your effort and time to helping others, the bills would not balance,” he insisted.
On the other hand, Cristina Herrera assured that “these two decades of existence of the AOEX have meant a lot to many people” and recognized “the trajectory and achievements of the association and, especially, the work you have done to ensure that it let’s lose the fear of cancereven to pronounce his name.”
Finally, Guillermo Fernández Vara stressed that “public systems, and fundamentally health and social health systems, have gaps that cannot be filled with current accounts,” but rather by “associations and organizations like AOEX.” In that sense, he clarified that “the gaps cannot be filled based on who has and who does not have, because that is when differences and unjust societies arise.”
The event ended with the delivery of the thanks that the association granted to various Extremaduran institutions for the support received in its 20 years of existence. The recognized institutions were the Junta de Extremadura, the Assembly of Extremadura, the Ministry of Health and Social Policy and the councils of Cáceres and Badajoz. The event featured several performances by the Ciudad de Mérida Youth Orchestra, directed by Pilar Vizcaíno.