ArmorUp for LIFE® is a non-profit launched by Loriana Hernandez-Aldama the day she went from telling everyone’s story to “Becoming the Story” with a diagnosis of (AML) Leukemia. She faced a leukaemia with no official cure, no advancements in 40 years, low survival rates, all while separated from her then 20-month-old son, Gabriel. It was that moment, Loriana realized her battle was much bigger than her.
As an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Loriana naturally found the need to be transparent, educate the world about battling cancer, the voids in the system, the health disparities for minorities she encountered at every turn, the lack of a patient navigation system, how clinical trials were presented, the power of PREhabilitation, the need to “meet the medicine halfway” and the key for medical teams to look beyond the numbers and see patients as the WHOLE PATIENT. Her discoveries gave her the drive and determination to find a path to advocate for others in the fight and effect change in the treatment process.
Her solution: launch the non-profit, ArmorUp for LIFE®, from her bedside in the midst of her own fight for her life to give all patients the same access to better treatment options and the tools they need for success.
ArmorUp for LIFE® has a mission that is two-fold:
ArmorUp for LIFE® is a non-profit driven to inspire, educate and support the underserved and underrepresented long before a cancer diagnosis and give patients the tools for success during diagnosis, treatment and survivorship once it does.
Your zip code, your connections, your ethnic background shouldn’t dictate your chance of surviving.
For me it did. For countless others affected by cancer, it does too.
It’s not right.
Being black or brown shouldn’t negate your right to survival.
Being uninsured, uneducated or simply less connected than the next person shouldn’t impact your treatment options or level of care.
ArmorUp for LIFE® is working to bridge the gap in health disparities supporting patients with connections and funding through positive partnerships and collaboration.
Our goal is to drive industry change and arm each patient with the most powerful tools to PREPARE for an illness through “PREhabilitation, so they can PRESENT well to doctors, and position themselves to PREVAIL. We engage and educate about the power of preparing for an illness “PREhabiliation” through 3 easy steps: Prepare-Present-Prevail®.
For those already in the fight, ArmorUp for LIFE® helps arm cancer patients with the tools they need for success so they can how to “meet the medicine halfway,” “become an equal partner in their own success” so they can “become their own HERO” through 5 pillars: Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle, Spiritual and Financial fitness.
ArmorUp for LIFE® wants to be a lifelong trusted resource for patients and ultimately change lives by pushing the healthcare industry to go beyond the numbers and treat the WHOLE PATIENT.
ArmorUp for LIFE® is focused on bridging the gap to change and save lives.